Economic Empowerment

15th Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted by the General Assembly by its resolution 61/106 of 13 December 2006. It came into force on 3 May 2008 upon its 20th ratification. Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that “The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties (COSP) in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.”

The Fifteenth Session(in-person format) will take place on 14 to 16  June 2022 both virtually and onsite at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, during which an election of nine members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be conducted.

All meetings will be streamed live on UN Web TV at:

Overarching theme: Building disability-inclusive and participatory societies in the COVID context and beyond

Sub theme 1: Innovation and technology advancing disability rights
Sub theme 2: Economic empowerment and entrepreneurship of persons with disabilities
Sub theme 3: Participation of persons with disabilities in climate action, disaster risk reduction and resilience against natural disasters

Civil Society Participation


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at or For more information on the NGO Committee for Rare Diseases, please visit

Achieving Gender Equality and Economic Empowerment through Nurse Migration–A CSW66 Side Event

The United Nations sixty-sixth session on the Commission on the Status of Women is scheduled to commence from 14 through 25 March 2022.  The NGO CSW Forum runs parallel to the official session and provides civil society the opportunity to engage in the processes and CSW sessions.

As part of the NGO CSW Forum 66, CGFNS International Inc., proudly presents its virtual Parallel Event:

Achieving Gender Equality and Economic Empowerment through Nurse Migration.

When: 15 March 2022, 12:00-1:30pm (EST)

Where: Zoom Webinar (Register Here)

The Parallel Event’s Program will include:

  • Introductory remarks from CoNGO’s President on the role of civil society and nurses in advancing the UN agenda
  • Current global nurse migration landscape
  • The immense contributions of nurses and nurse migrants
  • How nurses and nurse migrants advance the UN Agenda
  • The work of CGFNS in nursing, migration, and ethical recruitment spheres
  • A panel discussion featuring four migrant nurses from India, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Venezuela

Speakers will include:

  • Rev. Dr. Liberato Bautista, President, Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO)
  • Dr. Franklin Shaffer, President & CEO, CGFNS International
  • RADM Kerry Nesseler (ret), Strategic Public Policy Advisor, CGFNS international
  • Dr. Frances Hughes, Director, Global Strategic Initiatives, CGFNS International
  • Four nurse migrants from India, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Venezuela

If you are interested in attending, or for more information about the event and its participants, please Click Here and register today. This event is free and open to anyone who is interested in attending.

Thank you for your support of the NGO CSW Forum 66, and our eagerly awaited, interesting and inspiring discussion on 15 March!


CoNGO Notes: For information about collaborative work of NGOs on the issues above and related matters, visit the substantive committees related to CoNGO. Visit here for specific information about the NGO Committee on Status of Women/New YorkNGO Committee on Status of Women Vienna, and the NGO Committee on Status of Women Geneva. For information about the event organizer, visit CGFNS.