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  • The rights of refugees with disabilities should be respected

    20.06.2017 Recommendations for inclusion of the rights of persons with disabilities in the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact for Migration Globally, some 65 million people are currently forcibly displaced from their homes, the highest number ever recorded. Among the millions fleeing conflict and persecution, unprecedented numbers are people with disabilities and their families. Despite their numbers, those with disabilities are among the most neglected of all displaced people, facing significant challenges to accessing basic humanitarian assistance such as sanitation, food, and water...
    People on the move
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  • The 2030 Agenda as a positive narrative for the future of the EU

    On 7 June 2017, the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament in collaboration with the European Disability Forum (EDF) gathered experts and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to talk about their role in realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the European level. The event was hosted by MEP Olga Sehnalová, co-President of the Disability Intergroup, which is a cross-party grouping of MEPs actively promoting the rights of people with disabilities. The event brought together diverse speakers including: Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability...
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  • Larnaca International Airport wins 2017 Accessible Airport Award

    14.06.2017 As part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by EDF and the Airports Council International (ACI) EUROPE last year, we run the Accessible Airports Award. This is a yearly award that aims to honour the best airport in Europe in terms of its level of accessibility as well as the range and the quality of the assistance services that it offers. The award is also intended to encourage other airports to continue their work on removing the barriers that people with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility can still face when travelling by air. This year’s Accessible Airport Award went to...
    Albert Prévos, Member of the EDF Executive Committee, delivers the award to the representative of Larnaca International Airport
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  • Accessibility Act: Buying accessible a must for public authorities in the digital age

    30.05.2017 Governments use procurement to serve all their citizens, including persons with disabilities. In this regard, the development of eGovernment is a key element of the Digital Single Market introducing a ‘digital by default’ principle. Beyond eGovernment, the creation of smart cities, intelligent transport and buildings will make the use of ICT technologies pervasive in public life over the next years. These technologies must be accessible to allow persons with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of society on an equal basis with others. According to Rodolfo Cattani, EDF Executive...
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  • Persons with disabilities included in the new EU consensus for development

    30.05.2017 On 19 May 2017, the Council adopted a new European Consensus on Development. This joint statement by the three European institutions (European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council) sets out a new framework for development cooperation for the European Union (EU) and its Member States. The document is a direct response by the EU to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development agreed in September 2015 by 193 Word leaders. The European Disability Forum (EDF) welcomes the document as it brings a new shift with a true inclusion of persons with disabilities and a real policy effort to...
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  • Work forum on implentation of the CRPD

    20.05.2017 The Work Forum on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) met in Brussels on 19 May. It brought together representatives of those responsible for implementing and monitoring the fulfillment of the Convention, both at the EU and national levels; these are Focal Points, Coordination Mechanisms and Monitoring Mechanisms. Civil society and disabled people's organisations also actively participated. The Work Forum aims at ensuring that the Convention is fully implemented. It allows to share experiences on its practical implementation...
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  • Towards inclusive disaster risk management

    19.05.2017 EDF members training workshop on inclusive accessible disaster risk reduction In cooperation with CBM and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), EDF organised a workshop in Brussels on 17 May 2017. This ‘regional hub’ took place the week before the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Cancun (22-26 May). UNISDR with the support received by Nippon Foundation are also supporting regional hubs in Asia and the Pacific, organised by the Centre of Disability and Development (CDD) - Bangladesh and the Pacific Disability Forum respectively. Members of EDF shared...
    Participants of the workshop
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  • Building an inclusive disability movement for the future

    14.05.2017 EDF’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Madrid, Spain, this weekend brought together over 200 participants, including AGA delegates, observers, partners, guests and members of the global disability movement. The meeting was hosted by EDF Spanish members, CERMI and ONCE Foundation. A conference was also organised in the framework of the AGA to mark EDF’s 20th anniversary. Entitled ‘20 years later: Building an inclusive disability movement for the future’, the conference was an opportunity to recall the great achievements of the disability movement in the last 20 years, but also to identify the...
    EDF AGA 2017 with all the participants
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  • EDF elected its Executive Committee

    14.05.2017 This weekend, EDF members from all over Europe have gathered together in Madrid, Spain, for EDF’s Annual General Assembly (AGA). On the first day of the meeting, the elections of EDF Board of Directors took place. Find here the results of the elections of EDF Board. Today, EDF’s newly elected Board voted for the members of EDF’s Executive Committee. The newly elected Executive Committee of EDF consists of: Yannis Vardakastanis – PresidentNational Confederation of Disabled People Greece Ana Peláez – Vice President Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities (CERMI)...
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  • EDF elected its Board of Directors

    13.05.2017 This weekend, EDF members from all over Europe have gathered together in Madrid, Spain, for EDF’s Annual General Assembly (AGA). On the first day of EDF’s AGA, the elections of EDF Board of Directors took place, as well as the elections of EDF President. The newly elected EDF Board consists of: Yannis Vardakastanis – President (National Confederation of Disabled People Greece) Marcel Bobeldijk (European Federation of Hard of Hearing (EFHOH)) Vera Bonvalot (Brain Injured & Families - European Confederation (BIF-EC)) Rodolfo Cattani (European Blind Union) John Patrick Clarke (European Down...
    The newly elected members of EDF Board
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