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  • EDF met with the new UN Economic Commission for Europe Secretary General

    17.07.2017 On Monday, a delegation of the European Disability Forum (EDF) was invited by the new UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Secretary General, Olga Algayerova, to meet for an informal discussion about the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting was a wonderful opportunity to share with Ms Algayerova EDF's active engagement in the ECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development in April, in preparation of the High Level Political Forum. These efforts were actually already acknowledged with two mentions of persons with disabilities in...
    EDF with Ms. Algayerova
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  • Aging, disability and gender: the High Level Political Forum has kicked off

    11.07.2017 EDF is taking part in the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) which is currently taking place in New York. On 10 July 2017, EDF Vice-President, Ana Peláez, kicked off the week and spoke at a side-event entitled “Beyond Slogans — Good Practice to Count Us All In”. “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provided us a wonderful platform to implement an inter-sectional approach to the most vulnerable people. It is time to rally together and tackle gender, aging and disabilities as a whole, if we want the 2030 Agenda to be successful", said Ana Peláez. In fact, the numbers are staggering...
    People seated around table at the side event on aging, disability and gender at HLPF
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  • EDF at the UN Conference of State Parties to the CRPD

    15.06.2017 Every year, the State Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) meet at the UN headquarters in New York. The meeting is called ‘Conference of States Parties to the CRPD’ – in short COSP- and its purpose is to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the CRPD.   This year it is the 10th session of the COSP and it took place from 13 to 15 June 2017 under the theme:  ‘The second decade of the CRPD: inclusionand full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations in the implementation of the...
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  • Disaster risk reduction: Getting our voices heard on the other side of the world

    26.05.2017 From 22-26 of May 2017, the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction took place in Cancun, Mexico. We reported to the European Disability Forum (EDF) preparatory workshop, which we held one week before in which we explored good practices taking place in Europe and learned more about the International and European frameworks for Disaster Risk Reduction. During the conference in Cancun itself, thanks to new technologies for remote participation being used at the conference, EDF had the opportunities to give input from Europe at the Global Platform. Remote hubs from Europe, Bangladesh, the...
    Robots interacting at the conference in Cancun
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  • EU Disability Card: What changes will it bring for persons with disabilities in Estonia?

    30.06.2017 The EU Disability Card has been high on the agenda of EDF for many years and was one of the main asks under the 2011 “Freedom of Movement” campaign. Now the pilot project, financed by the European Commission, is taking shape. EDF’s member organisation in Estonia, the Estonian Chamber of Disabled People (EPIK), launched a website of the Disability Card that has been developed as part of the pilot project. The website will contain a database with all the information about the possible discounts and advantages you can obtain with the Disability Card, once it is launched. In the opening, EPIK’s...
    EPIK’s President Monika Haukanomm
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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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  • 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...
    Banner with the Sustainable Development Goals
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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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  • 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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