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The National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism hosts the Civil Society Consultations in Berlin three times each year. The consultations are set up in an inclusive event format designed to encourage the open exchange of experiences and information between the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism and civil society disability advocacy organizations in Germany. They have been going on since 2009 and are enjoying increasing popularity. As a rule, one specific topic is explored at depth in each session: either a subject of current relevance or one relating to the work of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism. There are now over 60 organizations which are regularly invited to participate in the consultations.

Overview: Organisations of the Civil Society Consultations (PDF, 72 KB, not barrierfree) (in German only)

In principle, the Civil Society Consultations are open to any civil society organization. All that is required is an interest in working resolutely for implementation of the UN CRPD and the desire to exchange experiences relating to the rights of people with disabilities with the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism and other organizations. Both very large and very small organizations take part in the consultations, including self-help organizations and organizations representing the interests of both service providers and family members. Although they are open in format, the consultations are not public events. Participation is by invitation only and no organization can be represented by more than one person.

Those wishing to find out more about the Civil Society Consultations should contact the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism (Ms Kameni). We would be happy to hear of your interest. We generally request a personal meeting with the head of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism before issuing an invitation however. Once you have been added to the list of invitees, you will receive invitations to and the minutes of the consultations on a regular basis, as well as other information, including press releases, notes of upcoming events and statements issued by the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism.

The staff of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism believes that is very important to have an ear open to developments in the civil society sphere and is eager to learn what is on the minds of people with disabilities and of their representative organizations. In addition, the information we receive from civil society organisations, particularly relating to individual issues and experiences in concentrated form, is very important to our work; indeed, it has come to sustain that work over the years. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the active members of the Civil Society Consultations for their valuable contributions in the past years.

Two to three times each year the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism invites organizations active in disability policy areas to the German Institute for Human Rights to participate in events called the Civil Society Consultations. The point of these consultations is to allow the exchange of information and experience relating to the CRPD between civil society and the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism and discussion of strategies to promote respect for and the implementation of the convention. One particular issue is highlighted at each of these consultations. The range of organizations represented at these events is uniquely diverse.

Agendas of the Civil Society Consultations:


22nd  Civil Society Consultation of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism with disability advocacy organisations
Date: Wednesday, 08 June 2016, 11:00–15:00
Location: Centre Monbijou, Berlin (Mitte), Oranienburger Straße 13-14, 10178 Berlin

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda (1 min)
Item 2: Minutes of the 17 February 2016 meeting (4 min)
Item 3: Brief report by the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism (15 min)
Item 4: Persons with disabilities and the right to work: What is the outlook for the sheltered workshops in the wake of the Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? (70 min) - Dr. Leander Palleit, policy advisor of the National Monitoring Mechanism for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Lunch: 12:30–13:30
Item 5: The proposal of the European Union for a directive on accessibility requirements for products and services: Process, status, questions (60 min) - Jan Hoffmann, Division V a 1 – Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Berlin
Item 6: The 24th Civil Society Consultation: Consultation on the topic “Persons with disabilities who have fled their countries” (20 min)
- Brief information
Item 7: Miscellaneous items (10 min)


21st Civil Society Consultation of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism with disability advocacy organisations
Date: Wednesday, 17 February 2016
, 11:00–15:00
Location: Hotel Holiday Inn Mitte, Hochstraße 2-3, 13357 Berlin

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda (1 min)
Item 2: Introduction of three new members (6 min)
Item 3: Minutes of the 11 November 2015 meeting (3 min)
Item 4: Brief report by the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism (20 min)
Item 5: Protection against violence: What steps are required to implement Article 16 of the UN CRPD? (60 min) - Dr. Britta Leisering, policy advisor - Impetus and advising -
Lunch: 12:30–13:30
Item 6: Criticism of torture from Geneva: Strategies for coping (30 min) - Dr. Britta Leisering, policy advisor, German Institute for Human Rights
Item 7: The “draft general comment” on the right to inclusive education: current developments and discussion in Germany (30 min)
Item 8: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): What do the SDGs mean for UN CRPD implementation in Germany? (30 min) - Julia Kercher, policy advisor, German Institute for Human Rights
Item 9: Miscellaneous items (10 min)


20th Civil Society Consultation of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism with disability advocacy organisations
Date: Wednesday, 11 November 2015
, 11:00–15:00
Location: German Institute for Human Rights, Berlin

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda (3 min)
Item 2: Brief introduction of a new member (2 min)
Item 3: Minutes of the 13 May 2015 meeting (5 min)
Item 4: Brief report by the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism (15 min)
Item 5: The Concluding Observations: Developments since the State party review and further steps from the perspective of the Federal Government (60 min) - Ulrike Knospe, head of Division Va5 of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Berlin – short talk and discussion
Lunch: 12:30–13:30
Item 6: The international WIPO Treaty of Marrakesh: Entering into force and the status of the discussion at the EU level and implementation issues in Germany (45 min) - Matthias Schmid, head of division, Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (Division III B3) - short talk and discussion
Item 7: Article 15 – Criticism by the UN CRPD Committee: Strategies for coping (30 min) - Britta Leisering
Item 8: Miscellaneous items (15 min)


19th Civil Society Consultation of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism with disability advocacy organisations
Date: Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 11:00–15:00
Location: German Institute for Human Rights, Berlin

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda (5 min)
Item 2: Minutes of the 18 February 2015 meeting (5 min)
Item 3: Brief report from the CRPD Monitoring Mechanism (15 min)
Item 4: The Concluding Observations of the UN CRPD Committee:
Introduction, in-depth treatment, discussion (60 min)
Lunch: 12:30–13:30
Item 4a: Round-table talks on the right to vote study on 21 May 2015 (20 min)
Item 4b: Preliminary thoughts of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on amending the Act on Equal Opportunities following the expert discussion on 15 April 2015 (20 min)
Item 5: Follow-up event on 24 Jun. 2015 (20 min) - Dr. Leander Palleit
Item 6: The National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism’s aktuell on making the national action plan an effective human rights instrument (20 min) - Britta Leisering
Item 7: Miscellaneous items (10 min)


18th Civil Society Consultation of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism with disability advocacy organisations
Date: Wednesday, 18 February 2015
, 11:00–15:00
Location: German Institute for Human Rights, Berlin
Agenda
Item 1: Agenda (5 min)
Item 2: Minutes of the 5 November 2014 meeting (5 min)
Item 3: Brief report from the Monitoring Mechanism (15 min)
Item 4: CRPD General Comment No. 1 on Article 12 of the UN CRPD (60 min)
Content and consequences for our discussion; comments on the draft of a translation; Dr. Valentin Aichele
Lunch: 12:30 –13:30
Item 5: Legal basis of the German Institute for Human Rights / National Monitoring Mechanism for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Current status of the process (10 min)
Prof. Dr. Beate Rudolf, Director of the German Institute for Human Rights
Item 6: Communications focus "Rechte haben – Recht bekommen!" (Having rights – obtaining justice!) (10 min)
Ute Sonnenberg, German Institute for Human Rights
Item 7: State party report review 2015: The follow-up process following the Concluding Observations on implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Advising and coordination of measures (60 min)
Item 8: Miscellaneous items (10 min)


17th Civil Society Consultation of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism with disability advocacy organizations
Date: Wednesday, 5 November 2014, 11:00–15:00
Location: Zimmerstrasse 26/27, 10969 Berlin
DIMR conference room, staircase D, ground floor

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda (5 min.)
Item 2: Brief introduction of a new member (2 min.)
Item 3: Minutes of the 18 June 2014 meeting (5 min.)
Item 4: Brief report by the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism (15 min.)
Item 5: CRPD General Comment No. 2 on Article 9 of the UN CRPD: Accessibility (60 min.)
Dr. Leander Palleit, policy advisor
– Input and discussion
(Lunch: 12:30–13:30)
Item 6: Standards testing: methodical approach and current developments (35 min.)
Valentin Aichele
– Input and questions
Item 7: Audit of the state report: Current developments / outlook for 2015 (follow-up) (50 min.)
H.-Günter Heiden, German CRPD Alliance
Item 8: Miscellaneous items (5 min.)


16th Civil Society Consultation of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism with disability advocacy organizations
Date: 18 June 2014
, 11:00–15:00
Location: German Institute for Human Rights, Berlin

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda (5 min.)
Item 2: Brief introduction of new members (5 min.)
Item 3: Minutes of the 26 February 2014 meeting (5 min.)
Item 4: Brief report by the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism (15 min.)
Item 5: The List of Issues of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (60 min.)
– Statements and discussion
Lunch
Item 6: International developments 1: View of the CRPD on Liliane Gröninger v Germany (20 min.) Dr. Leander Palleit, policy advisor
Item 7: International developments 2: New study by OHCHR commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council concerning Article 19 of the UN CRPD (10 min.) Britta Leisering, policy advisor
Item 8: Accessibility: Current developments (30 min.) Klemens Kruse, director of the Bundeskompetenzzentrum Barrierefreiheit, Berlin
– Input and questions
Item 9: Miscellaneous items


15th Civil Society Consultation of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism with disability advocacy organizations
Date: 26 February 2014
, 11:00–15:00
Location: German Institute for Human Rights, Berlin

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda (5 min.)
Item 2: Minutes of the 23 October 2013 meeting (5 min.)
Item 3: Brief report by the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism (30 min.)
Item 4: Participation report of the German federal government: Perspectives for organisations (50 min.)
– Statements and discussion
Lunch
Item 5: Theme year of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency for persons with disabilities and the chronically ill: research group findings and recommendations (60 min.)
- Professor Dr. Ernst von Kardoff, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Chair of Rehabilitation Sociology; the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency’s academic coordinator for accompanying research for the theme year 2013
Item 6: International developments: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ thematic study on the right of persons with disabilities to education (20 min.)
– Britta Leisering, policy advisor to the DIMR
Item 7: Miscellaneous items (10 min.)


14th Civil Society Consultation of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism with disability advocacy organizations
Date: 23 October 2013
, 11:00–15:00
Location: German Institute for Human Rights, Berlin

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda (5 min.)
Item 2: Minutes of the 05 June 2013 meeting (5 min.)
Item 3: Brief report by the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism (30 min.)
Item 4: Audit of Germany’s state report by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: brief overview of the procedure and consultation (50 min.)
– Peter Litschke, policy advisor to the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism
Lunch: 12:30–13:30
Item 5: The European Social Fund in Germany (ESF): Support phase 2014–2020 (50 min.)
– Dr. Dietrich Englert, Referat VI EF1 “Europäischer Sozialfonds”, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Bonn
Item 6: Current developments at the international level: UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (30 min.)
- Dr. Leander Palleit, policy advisor to the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism
Item 7: Miscellaneous items (10 min.)


13th Civil Society Consultation of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism with disability advocacy organizations
Date: 05 June 2013
, 11:00–15:00
Location: German Institute for Human Rights, Berlin

Agenda
(as of 27 May 2013)
Item 1: Agenda (5 min.)
Item 2: Minutes of the 13 March 2013 meeting (5 min.)
Item 3: Brief report by the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism (20 min.)
Item 4: Reform of integration assistance (60 min.)
– Introduction and consultation
(Lunch: 12:30–13:30)
Item 5: The Universal Periodic Review process (40 min.)

  • Dr. Sigrid Arnade, spokesperson of the German CRPD Alliance
  • Bettina Hildebrand, DIMR head of communications

Item 6: Re-accreditation of the German Institute for Human Rights (20 min.)
– Michael Windfuhr, deputy director of the German Institute for Human Rights
Item 7: Current developments at the international level: UN Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (20 min.)
– Dr. Valentin Aichele, LL.M.
Item 8: Miscellaneous items (10 min.)


12th Civil Society Consultation of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism with disability advocacy organizations
Date: 13 March 2013
, 11:00–15:00
Location: German Institute for Human Rights

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda (5 min.)
Item 2: Minutes of the 07 November 2012 meeting (5 min.)
Item 3: Brief report by the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism (20 min.)
Item 4: Implementation of the UN CRPD at the German federal state level: current developments and challenges for monitoring at the federal state level (60 min.)
Daniel Scherr, policy advisor to the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism
– Consultation and discussion
Lunch: 12:30–13:30
Item 5: Action plan by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on the inclusion of people with disabilities (40 min.)
Sascha Reebs, advisor on social security and the inclusion of people, BMZ
– Presentation and discussion
Item 6: Current developments at the international level: the UN High Commissioner’s thematic study on the right of persons with disabilities to work and employment (40 min.)
Dr. Leander Palleit, policy advisor to the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism
Item 7: Miscellaneous items (20 min.)


11th Civil Society Consultation of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism with disability advocacy organizations
Date: 07.11.2012, 11:00–15:00
Location: German Institute for Human Rights, Berlin

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda (5 min)
Item 2: Minutes of the 20.6.2012 meeting (5 min)
Item 3: Brief report by the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism (20 min)
Item 4: Human rights and psychiatry: Discussion/consultation (60 min) - Dr Valentin Aichele
(lunch: 12:30–13:30)
Item 5: "Selbstbestimmt dabei. Immer" [Participating and self-determined. Always]: 2013 theme of the Federal Anti-discrimination Agency (40 min) - Antje Goll, Public Outreach Officer /Dr. Corinna Mandler Gayer, Officer for Research and Administration
Item 6: Current developments at the international level: Council of Europe (40 min) - Dr. Leander Palleit
Item 7: Miscellaneous items (10 min)


10th Civil Society Consultation
Date: 20.06.2012, 11:00–15:00
Location: Stralauer Str. 63, 10179 Berlin (in the Sozialverband Deutschland building)

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda (5 min)
Item 2: Minutes of the 14.03.2012 meeting (5 min)
Item 3: Brief report by the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism (20 min)
Item 4: National reporting by the German government in the area of disability (60 min with discussion and consultation)
Status report/recommendations of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism on the occasion of 26.03.2012
Dr. Marianne Hirschberg
(lunch: 12:30–13:30)
Item 5: Advisory Board on Inclusion: Overview and current developments (40 min)
Torsten Einstmann, Chief of Staff, Office of the Commissioner for Matters relating to Persons with Disabilities
Item 6: Report: Current developments at the international and supranational level (40 min)

Item 7: Miscellaneous items (10 min)

  • Agreeing on date for the 12th Civil Society Consultations (2013)

9th Civil Society Consultation
Date: 14.03.2012, 11:00–15:00
Location: German Institute for Human Rights

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda (5 min)
Item 2: Minutes of the 12.10.2011 meeting (10 min)
Item 3: Brief report by the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism (20 min)
Item 4: Requirements for reform of equal rights legislation in light of the UN CRPD (90 min) (extends over the lunch break)

  • State of developments in the Länder / federal government
  • Presentation of key points (National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism)
  • Discussion and consultation

Item 5: CRPD Alliance: State of developments (15 min)
Hans-Günter Heiden, Secretariat for the CRPD Allianz
Item 6: Report: Current developments at the international and supranational level (15 min)

  • Activities of the CRPD Committee
  • European Union and Council of Europe

Item 7: Miscellaneous items (10 min)


8th Civil Society Consultation
Date: 12.10.2011, 11:00-15:00
Location: German Institute for Human Rights

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda
Item 2: Minutes of the 29.06.2011 meeting
Item 3: Brief report by the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism
Item 4: Policy Paper of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism on Article 29(a) of the CRPD
Item 5: 17.10.2011 hearing in the Bundestag 
Item 6: CRPD Alliance: State of developments 
Item 7: Miscellaneous items


7th Civil Society Consultation
Date: 29.06.2011, 11:00–15:00
Location: German Institute for Human Rights

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda
Item 2: Minutes of the 02.03.2011meeting
Item 3: Brief report by the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism    
Item 4: The federal government’s Action Plan– Critical review and prospects for moving forward (highlighted issue)
Break
Item 5: Brief report from the 5th session of the UN Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Item 6: Equal rights legislation at the federal and state level: Initial thoughts on the need for reform
Input by National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism, followed by questions and discussion
Item 7: Miscellaneous items


6th Civil Society Consultation
Date: 02.03.2011
, 11:00–15:00
Location: German Institute for Human Rights, Zimmerstr. 26-27, 10969 Berlin

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda
Item 2: Minutes of the 22 September 2010 meeting
Item 3: Brief report by the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism – review of plans for the 2011 year in particular
Item 4: State report, report consideration process, parallel reports – especially kick-off event of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism on the issue of parallel reporting/coordinated parallel reporting
Item 5: Presentation by Michael Windfuhr (not yet confirmed) (scheduled for 13:30).
Deputy Director of the German Institute for Human Rights, as of January 2011
Item 6: Miscellaneous items


5. Civil Society Consultation
Date: 22.09.2010
, 11:00–15:00
Location: German Institute for Human Rights, Zimmerstr. 26-27, 10969 Berlin

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda
Item 2: Minutes of the 03.03.2010 meeting
Item 3: Brief report by the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism
Item 4: Aims, requirements and projects of the civil society organizations 2011
Item 5: Federal government’s action plan: State of developments – André Necke, Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs, Section V a 1
Item 6: Miscellaneous items – dates of the 2011 Civil Society Consultations


4. Civil Society Consultation
Date: 30.06.2010
, 11:00-15:00
Location: German Institute for Human Rights, Zimmerstr. 26-27, 10969 Berlin

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda
Item 2: Minutes of the 03.03.2010 meeting
Item 3: Brief report by the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism
Item 4: 2010 annual conference project
Item 5: Data and statistics: Implications for implementation and monitoring
Item 6: Presentation by FORUM MENSCHENRECHTE, Dr Theo Rathgeber
Item 7: Miscellaneous items


3. Civil Society Consultation
Date: 03.03.2010
, 11:00-15:00
Location: German Institute for Human Rights, Zimmerstr. 26-27, 10969 Berlin

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda
Item 2: Minutes of the 21.10.2009 meeting
Item 3: Brief report by the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism
Item 4: National action plan of the government
Item 5: Presentation by Prof. Beate Rudolf, Director of the German Institute for Human Rights (scheduled for after the lunch break at 13:30)
Item 6: Report from the expert seminar of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) in Geneva - Klaus Lachwitz, Lebenshilfe
Item 7: Report from the study of the High Commission in Geneva on implementation of Article 33 of the UN CRPD
Item 8: Miscellaneous items


2. Civil Society Consultation
Date: 21.10.2009
, 11:00-14:30
Location: German Institute for Human Rights, Zimmerstr. 26-27, 10969 Berlin

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda
Item 2: Minutes of the 23.06.2009 meeting
Item 3: Developments relating to the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism
Item 4: Presentation of the project "Anti-discrimination: Competencies for Associations" – Sera Choi, German Institute for Human Rights
Item 5: Action concept "Inclusive Education" of the German Disability Council
Item 6: Brief presentation on the concept of “appropriate accommodation” anchored in the UN CRPD
Item 7: Federal disability policy after the Bundestag election
Item 8: Miscellaneous items


1. Civil Society Consultation
Date: 23.06.2009
, 14:00-17:00
Location: German Institute for Human Rights, Zimmerstr. 26-27, 10969 Berlin

Agenda
Item 1: Agenda
Item 2: National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism: State of developments / 2009 expansion plan
Item 3: National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism’s working methods
Item 4: Consultation meetings as form of cooperation
Item 5: Expectations associations have for the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism
Item 6: Miscellaneous items

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