Keystone Human Services International has had special consultative status with the United Nations since 2014. This status allows the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to seek expert information or advice from KHSI, and gives us the opportunity to participate in events, conferences and activities of the United Nations.

In May 2008, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (external website) came into force. This international treaty is designed to protect the rights and dignity of individuals with disability.

Disability is a part of the human experience, and disability issues and inclusion need to be part of the conversation for all aspects of society. Keystone Human Services International is pleased to have this opportunity to participate in UN activities and continue to “advance the human spirit” of people across the globe.

Who Gets a Seat at the Table When “All” Means Only Some?
Perspectives from the Global South and Global North

On June 13, 2018, Keystone Human Services International hosted a Side Event to the 11th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, entitled “Who Gets a Seat at the Table When ‘All’ Means Only Some? Perspectives from the Global South and Global North.”

A panel of change agents discussed how deeply marginalized people are being left out of efforts to fully implement the commitments of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The panel shared perspectives from the Global South and Global North, highlighting the work that remains until everyone has a seat at the table and full access to their human rights.

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UN chart of seventeen sustainable development goals: no poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industy, innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life below water; life on land; peace, justice and strong institutions; partnerships for the goals