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INTERNATIONAL DISABILITY ALLIANCE: TOWARDS A STRONGER DISABILITY MOVEMENT WORLDWIDE

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New York, 10 September 2012 /// The International Disability Alliance (IDA) is the voice of 1 billion persons with disabilities in the world. EDF is a member of IDA as the regional organization representing people with disabilities from Europe. The IDA governing body has met on the 8, 9 and 10 of September in New York, ahead the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD.
 
The meeting was chaired by Yannis Vardakastanis, EDF President, who is the chairperson of IDA for the next two years. Pekka Tuominen, EDF Executive Member and Javier Güemes, EDF Deputy Director, represented the European Disability Forum at this important meeting.

IDA is a unique network of organizations of persons with disabilities worldwide. It is the voice of persons with disabilities at global level towards the United Nations system, while also strengthening the international disability movement through capacity building initiatives.

IDA is composed of twelve organizations and it was established in 1999. Today it includes global and regional disabled people’s organizations (DPOs). The aim of the alliance is to promote the effective and full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) worldwide, through the active and coordinated involvement of DPOs at national, regional and international levels.
 
 
> WHY WAS IT AN IMPORTANT MEETING FOR THE DISABILITY MOVEMENT?
 
 
People with disabilities are frequently an overlooked minority group. Thanks to its unique composition as a network of the foremost international disability rights organizations, IDA is the most authoritative representative voice of persons with disabilities worldwide. It is acknowledged as such by the United Nations system both in New York and Geneva.

The IDA Governing Body meeting is a crucial event in which global and regional organizations coordinate their international strategies and decide on the political priorities of persons with disabilities.

The Governing Body works towards a more unified voice in the human rights arena within the diversity of the movement. In the last meeting, IDA advanced in the definition of its future strategy, adopted positions towards important political initiatives and events in 2013 and found ways for a stronger and more coordinated voice.
 
 
> EDF AND THE CITY: FOLLOW THE UN WEEK ON EDF’S WEBSITE
 

EDF will be at UN Headquarters in New York the whole week, to make sure Europeans with disabilities have a voice during the State Parties Conference and all the side events. You will find all the latest update on EDF’s website and social media:

Tuesday 11/09       The Civil Society Forum

Wednesday 12/09  5th Session of the Conference of States Parties

Thursday 13/09      Results of the elections for the CRPD committee

                               European Union Side Event
 

> CONTACT
 

Javier Güemes | EDF Deputy Director | javier.guemes@edf-feph.org

Lila Sylviti | EDF Communications Officer | lila.sylviti@edf-feph.org
 

> BACKGROUND
 

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