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Mind the Gap: The Need for an Inclusive Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic - COSP13 Side Event
4 Dec 2020 -  Summary:
The aim of the side event is to focus on the role of DPOs in contributing to the pandemic response. Areas addressed will be persons with disabilities living in institutions, those living in the community and underrepresented groups.

After presenting the main findings of the COVID-19 DRM Global Report, examples of DPO response will be presented. This will be followed by a discussion of lessons learned, to be applied during the ongoing second wave of the pandemic and in the process of recovery. Recommendations made will be placed in the framework of governments' obligations under the CRPD and the 2030 Agenda.

To date, there have been limited global efforts at understanding the impact of the pandemic on pwd and a complete lack of independent monitoring or data collection to inform an inclusive response. In this side-event, we will discuss the role that CSOs can play, and the need to agree on a framework to monitor the implementation.

Guiding questions:
Access to health: Why are the triage policies discriminating against persons with disabilities still in place eight months on?

Institutions: How long can we expect that persons with disabilities will continue to be locked, with contact with the outside world prohibited?

Data collection: Why are very few countries collecting data about the number of persons with disabilities infected with COVID-19, including the number of infections and deaths in closed settings?

Independent monitoring of closed settings: Why is there very little monitoring in place and what are the consequences?

Speakers and panelists:
- Steven Allen, Co-Executive Director, Validity Foundation
- Sholih Muhdlor, Advocacy Centre for Women with Disabilities and Children Foundation (SAPDA), Indonesia
- Ellen Clifford, Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC), UK (TBC)
- Namugabwe Petwa, Triumph Uganda
- Dr Alarcos Cieza, Coordinator, Blindness and Deafness Prevention, Disability and Rehabilitation, World Health Organisation
- Dr Elizabeth Lockwood, United Nations Task Group Co-oordinator, International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)
- Audrey Olivier Muralt, Deputy Secretary General, Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) 
A member of the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network (TBC) Eric Rosenthal, Executive Director, Disability Rights International Moderators: Ines Bulic Cojocariu, Deputy Director, European Network on Independent Living & Melanie Kawano-Chiu, Evaluation and Learning Manager, Disability Rights Fund.