Supporting disability peak and advocacy organisations to participate in the 2020 Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (COSP)
The 13th Conference of State Parties will be held from 10–12 June in 2020, at United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York
The active participation of civil society, in particular organisations of persons with disabilities and other stakeholders, has become a critical element in the work of the UN’s Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP) since its inception in 2008.
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has funding available to support recognised disability peak organisations and disability advocacy organisations to participate in key international meetings on human rights.
The Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is supporting the program by managing the application process for this funding.
Who can apply for funding?
Applications can only come from disability peak organisations and disability advocacy organisations. These organisations can submit applications individually or jointly.
There is also funding for young delegates (between 18–30) to apply for our ‘Emerging Young Leaders Delegation’.
What is the ‘Emerging Young Leaders Delegation’?
The Emerging Young Leaders Delegation is an initiative to support young disability rights advocates (between 18 – 30 years of age) to attend the COSP. The delegation provides a unique professional opportunity for the next generation of young disability rights leaders to build their capacity to engage with UN mechanisms and represent the Australian disability sector at the UN. Youth delegates will have an opportunity to network with advocates in the international disability movement, learn about strategic advocacy and its application to domestic advocacy, and visit important UN organisations. Young delegates interested in being involved must apply through a disability peak organisation or disability advocacy organisation, which should submit an application on the young delegate’s behalf.
What to include in your application
Your application should specify:
- The COSP-related activity (or activities) for which funding is sought: Include information about what event or activities you are seeking funding to cover. Under this program, you can apply for funding to assist with attendance at the COSP as well as preparatory meetings or activities related to your attendance (for example, presentations, participation at roundtables, conduct of side events, domestic preparation/engagement meetings).
- The names of the individuals to attend: include information about the experience they bring and representative capacity in which they participate (if relevant).
- The funding amount sought: Please include an indicative budget of the key components of the funding.
- Any funding contribution that organisations will make to the overall costs of participation: To maximise funding availability to support organisations’ engagement over the course of each year, and to also demonstrate the importance to participating organisations of attendance, indications of whether contributions will be made by the organisation being represented are encouraged.
- Proposed dissemination of outcomes: A brief overview of what activities will be undertaken by participants on behalf of their organisation (if an organisational representative) or in an individual capacity (if not representing an organisation) upon return.
Please note, your application should be a maximum of two (2) pages.
What is the timeline for the application process and how do I submit?
Call for Expressions of interest opens
Applicants advised of outcome
|Conference of the Parties
||10am Tuesday, 28 January 2020
||By latest Monday 2 March 2020
||9–12 June in 2020
All applications must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10am Tuesday 28 January 2020.
The Commission has developed guidance detailing how funding is determined and providing some further information on the responsibilities of successful applicants:
Please get in touch with the disability rights team at the above email address if you have any queries around the application process.