The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD), in partnership with The Foundation for Global Sports Development and Sidewinder Films (GSD), is presenting a webinar titled “30/30 – Sports as a Tool for Advocacy and Development,” on Thursday, February 25, at 1 pm EST.

This free webinar will explore the ways in which sport can be a critical piece of advocacy, particularly as it relates to Article 30 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a treaty by the United Nations. The panel will also examine Goal #11 from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a media release from The Foundation for Global Sports Development explains.

Speakers and Topics

Facilitated by Paralympians Candace Cable and Karin Korb, the panel features key players in promoting disability rights worldwide. The speakers will be:

  • Charlotte McClain Nhlapo – Global Disability Advisor, World Bank Group
  • Keith Jones – President/CEO of Soul Touchin’ Experiences and co-founder Krip Hop Nation
  • Vladimir Cuk – Executive Director, International Disability Alliance
  • Ann Cody – Special Advisor, US Department of State
  • Victor Calise – Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

“Too often sport is considered frivolous and for entertainment only, but sport is an underused powerful tool for messages of advocacy, Universal Design, and so much more. Sport’s power is that it is connected to humanity and brings its intrinsic language of inclusion front and center. Sport has a friendly face; people like it. And sport is a conversation starter that – once started – is easy to shift to educating and advocating for cohesive change and opportunities that are equitable and accessible to everyone. This panel will deeply educate us on how to shift the shallow perspective of sport to an expansive tool.”

— Candace Cable, Vice-President of USICD

“Over the years we have supported a number of sport and development programs, and we know how impactful this work can be.” He continued, “Much of our work stems from the core understanding that every person should have access to safe, fair sport, whether as an athlete or spectator. When sport-based development projects are inclusive, we ensure all voices and perspectives are part of the conversation.”

— David Ulich, executive board member for GSD

For more information on Article 30 of the CRPD, visit: “Article 30 – Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure, and sport.” To learn more about Goal 11 of the United Nations SDGs, visit: “SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities.”

The webinar is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. Visit here for more information and to register.

[Source(s): The Foundation for Global Sports Development, PRWeb]

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