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  • Where do we stand with the implementation of the UN Convention in the EU?

    25.10.2013 The 2013 Work Forum is concluding today after two days of sharing experiences and discussing the challenges that the Member States have to face when it comes to the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). Organised by the European Commission, the Work Forum gathered representatives of the structures for governance of the UN CRPD, namely Focal Points, Coordination Mechanisms and Monitoring Mechanisms across the EU Member States, as well as the EU, along with key actors from the civil society and representative organisations of persons with...
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  • Time for implementation of the UN Convention in the Balkans and Turkey

    11.10.2013 The international conference on “Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Balkans and Turkey” concluded in Istanbul after a 3-day interactive dialogue and exchange of best practice on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). Organised by the European Disability Forum, People 2 People Programme and UNICEF as a partner, the conference gathered representatives of the European and international disability movement, the European Commission and the UN CRPD Committee. The conference focused on the practical implementation and ways of...
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  • Disability and development at the core of the UN High Level Meeting in New York

    23.09.2013 The UN General Assembly held a High-Level Meeting on disability and development at the UN headquarters, with statements from over 50 Member States, UN Agencies and civil society. In his capacity as Chair of the International Disability Alliance (IDA), EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, spoke on behalf of persons with disabilities at the opening of the meeting. EDF was also represented by its Executive member, Pat Clarke, and its deputy director, Javier Güemes. WHY WAS IT A HISTORIC MEETING? Yannis Vardakastanis speaks at the opening of the meeting This was a historic meeting, since it is...
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  • Musawa II: the First Arab Deaf Regional Conference took place in Tunis

    07.09.2013 On 6 – 7 September, the Arab Organisation of Persons with Disabilities (AOPD) and the European Disability Forum (EDF) organised in Tunis “The First Regional Conference of Arab Deaf Persons: To Promote Human Rights for Deaf Persons in the Arab World”. The conference took place in the frame of the Musawa II Project, funded by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development; it gathered not only the regional representation of deaf persons of the Arab Countries but also leaders within the international movement of deaf persons like Colin Allen, president of the World Federation...
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  • EDF President got elected as chair of the International Disability Alliance

    15.07.2013 The first board meeting of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) after its legal incorporation on 7 June 2013 took place in New York on 13-15 July, prior to the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. One of the main issues of the agenda of the meeting was the elections to the different Executive Officer positions of its Board. EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, got elected as Chair of IDA. The rest of the positions in IDA Board were covered by: First Vice-Chair, Maryanne Diamond (Immediate Past President, World Blind Union); Second...
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  • Last update! UN Conference of State Parties: EDF reports live from New York

    12.07.2013 On 13-19 July 2013, disability clocks are beating on New York time. The Sixth Session of the Conference of State Parties to the CRPD (the so called COP) is taking place at the UN Headquarters gathering the attention of the disability movement worldwide. Over the Conference of State Parties, there are lots of important meetings and side events, on which EDF will report regularly from the UN. Follow the latest updates also on Facebook and Twitter: #COP2013 13-15/07 IDA Board Meeting The first board meeting of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) after its legal incorporation on 7...
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  • Open letter to EU heads of states & governments: Nearly 100 European and national NGOs join forces to call for a properly funded ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme

    01.07.2013 The EU supports citizens by co-funding civil society organisations’ general budgets and specific projects through the ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme. These activities and programmes take the form of transnational partnerships, European civil society networks, citizens’ events, town twinning projects, and remembrance initiatives. The European Commission has already proposed a 5% reduction for the ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme in the 2014 – 2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). Civil society organisations had agreed not to oppose this proposal in acknowledgement of increasingly...
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  • WIPO Treaty becomes a reality to allow books produced in formats accessible by blind persons

    27.06.2013 On 27 June 2013, the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) concluded a Treaty on copyright for the visual impaired and print disable. This was the first intellectual property treaty benefitting the public interest rather than the interest of rights holders and closed nearly five years of hard negotiation by the World Blind Union and other NGOs. Currently, copyright law is a national jurisdiction which has the effect of preventing blind organizations form sharing books with neighbouring countries, thus causing considerable unnecessary duplication of production of books in...
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  • A historical day for the Disability Movement worldwide: The International Disability Alliance becomes a legal entity

    07.06.2013 7th of June is a historical day for the disability movement worldwide: The International Disability Alliance (IDA) has been legally incorporated following its constitutive General Assembly in Geneva. EDF is proud of being a founding member of IDA and of currently chairing its governing body. The legal incorporation of IDA is an important decision that should further strengthen the organisation, its members and will result in a better respect and protection of the human rights of persons with disabilities worldwide. The twelve member organisations of IDA joined today to establish the new...
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  • EP political groups join forces to support persons with disabilities

    05.06.2013 On 5 June, the leaders of the main political Groups in the European Parliament announced strong action to support the rights of persons with disabilities in Europe. The announcement came following a high level meeting between Joseph Daul, Chairman of the EPP Group, Hannes Swoboda, President of the S&D Group, Anneli Jaatteenmaki, Vice-President of the ALDE Group, Rebecca Harms, co-President of the Greens/EFA Group, Gabriele Zimmer, President of the GUE/NGL Group, and EDF President Ioannis Vardakastanis. They all signed a declaration to take up a series of important initiatives aiming at...
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