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Deadline extended 20th October - Register for EASPD Conference "Flourishing Lives - Supportive communities and sustainable development"

The deadline for registration for the Conference "Flourishing Lives - Supportive communities and sustainable development" in Podgorica, Montenegro, has been extended until 20th October

The conference will take place onf the 25 and 26 October and focus on the changes required in support services to embrace and implement the human rights approach, looking at the connection between the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


Register here

Speakers include:

  • Prince Nikola Petrović-Njegoš
  • Dr Alfredo Ferrante, Chair of the Council of Europe Ad Hoc Committee of experts on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Ms Victoria Lee, Programme Manager, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Mrs Tamara Milic, Head of the Directorate for preschool and inclusive education, Ministry of Education
  • Mr Goran Kusevija, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
  • Mrs Ana Peláez Narváez, Vice President of the European Disability Forum
  • Mr Ervin Eros, Director of the Central European Service for Cross-border Initiatives (RS)
  • Mrs Jean Judes, Executive Director, Beit Issie Shapiro
  • Mrs Karen Gainer, OSCE Democratization Programme Manager

Quotes from speakers

"Communities flourish when their members flourish. Recognising and embracing diversity in humanity - and humanity in diversity, ensures that space, support and strength is provided to all, including persons with disabilities; for everyone to benefit from, and contribute to the development and sustainability of our communities."

Victoria Lee, Programme Manager, Human Rights & Disability team, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

“Our greatest challenge is to build communities that support inclusion and acceptance of differences, through investing our resources not only in direct service provision, but also in activities that change attitudes, legislation, and policies.”

Jean Judes, Executive Director, Beit Issie Shapiro

“Article 19 of the UNCRPD makes it absolutely clear that all persons with disabilities have the right to live in the community and have the same options as others, and the Convention places an obligation on all States Parties to take measures to make this happen. This is especially important in developing countries at the present time, as we work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals worldwide, because to reach the SDG targets communities must be more supportive than ever and ensure nobody is left behind or left out.”


Ana Peláez Narváez, Vice-President, European Disability Forum


Any questions, please contact André Félix (logistics) at or Sabrina Ferraina (programme) at