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  • The voice of Persons with Disabilities at the High Level Political Forum 2018: first week in review

    17.07.2018 The first week of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainavble Developmebt already passed. What a week! Persons with disabilities were well-represented. They voiced their opinions and they were heard! EDF and the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities had the opportunity to voice the importance of inclusion of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Two disability-related side-events were organized during the first week of the HLPF 2018:   The official side-event “Goal 11: inclusion of persons with disabilities in cities”, which...
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  • Side-event on Goal 11: Inclusion of persons with disabilities in societies

    17.07.2018 EDF organised a side-event on Wednesday 11 July 2018 at the United Nation’s Headquarter during The High Level Political Forum 2018 (HLPF). The side-event was organised in partnership with the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities, the European Union, UN Climate Resilience Initiative A2R, Gaates, Inclusion International, UK Aid, UNDP, CBM, Global Resilience Partnership, Humanity and Inclusion and World Enabled. Our policy brief titled “Towards inclusive cities: Making UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 a reality in Europe” was launched by our Vice-President Ana Peláez Narváez during...
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  • A milestone in the respect for the rights of persons with disabilities in France

    16.07.2018 Version Française By Albert Prévos Translated by André Félix On the 9th July, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that the right to vote for persons with disabilities under guardianship will no longer need to be decided by a judge. The President announced the measure during a meeting of the Congress of the French Parliament – which brings together all the representatives from the General Assembly and the Senate – in Versailles. He stated: We will assume this policy of return of full citizenship and (..) for these people, including those under guardianship, we will return the...
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  • Une avancée capitale pour le respect des droits des personnes handicapées en France

    16.07.2018 English Version Le Président de la République Emmanuel Macron a annoncé devant l'ensemble des députés et sénateurs réunis en Congrès à Versailles le 9 juillet dernier que le vote des personnes handicapées sous tutelle ne serait plus soumis à la décision d’un juge: "C'est une politique de retour vers la citoyenneté pleine et entière que nous assumerons et… pour ces personnes, y compris celles sous tutelle, d'un retour au droit de vote ». Cette annonce est l’aboutissement d’un long travail de lobbying de l’ensemble du mouvement associatif des personnes handicapées en France. Les...
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  • New policy brief: “Towards inclusive cities: Making UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 a reality in Europe”

    11.07.2018 EDF just launched its new policy brief titled “Towards inclusive cities: Making UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 a reality in Europe”. The presentation of this paper took durina side event to the  High Level Political Forum 2018 on Sustainable Development. The side event "“Goal 11: inclusion of persons with disabilities in societies" was organised by EDF, in partnership with the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities and other partners including the European Union. EDF’s Vice-President Ana Peláez Narváez launched the brief during the panel of the side event.  EDF’s new policy brief...
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  • Sustainable development: New steps forward for a stronger collaboration between the UN Economic Commission for Europe and civil society

    12.07.2018 The UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Secretary General, Ms Olga Algayerova of Slovakia, met with the ECE Regional Civil Society Mechanism (RCEM) on the first day of the High Level Political Forum in New York. EDF is an active member of the RCEM, as we coordinate the Constituency of Persons with Disabilities. We were therefore pleased to have a chance to talk with Ms Algayerova as well as Monika Linn, the Chief of the Sustainable Development and Gender Unit in the Office of the Executive Secretary of ECE. Ms Algayerova and Ms Linn were very keen to hear about the progress we made to...
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  • The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2018 has started and we are there!

    11.07.2018 The High Level Political Forum 2018 (HLPF) started on Monday 9th of July. It is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, until the 19th July. The Forum was established to bring together governments, civil society, and business to monitor, review and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting is being organised under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).  Our delegation  This year, EDF delegation is represented by our Vice-President Ana Peláez Narváez, Marion Steff (SDGs Coordinator) and Alexandre Bloxs (SDGs assistant). We are...
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  • "European Funds for all - Investing in people" - Yannis Vardakastanis for Panorama Magazine

    11.07.2018 In July 2018, Yannis Vardakastanis was a contributor to the Panorama Magazine, a European Commission's magazine focusing on Cohesion Policy. The July issue of the magazine was focused on the future Cohesion Policy, post 2020.  You can read the magazine (PDF) here. Read Yannis contribution below:   European funds for all – investing in people    There is no doubt that Cohesion Policy is essential to create a Europe for everybody. Over the years, the Cohesion Policy and funds have made an important contribution to the inclusion of people with disabilities, even in Europe’s most remote regions....
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  • MEPs demand full access of persons with disability to the political process

    06.07.2018 On the 5th July 2018, the European Parliament debated in plenary the state of political participation of persons with disabilities. The debate counted with the intervention  of Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality,  Věra Jourová and of 26 MEPs from across the political spectre. The debate counted with interventions of several members of Disability Intergroup, including from the four Presidents, MEPs Ádám Kósa, Olga Sehnalová, Helga Stevens and Kostadinka Kuneva, as well as from others members of the Intergroup, such as MEPs Marek Plura, Jana Žitnanská, Michela Giuffrida,...
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  • Tell your city: Applications for Access city Award 2019 are now open!

    05.07.2018 Tell your city: Applications for Access City Award 2019 are now open! The award aims to recognise cities’ efforts to be more accessible. This year, there will be also an award for cities that have especially accessible cultural heritage (museums, historical buildings, etc). Who can apply? For the Access City award: all EU cities of over 50 000 inhabitants. urban areas composed of two or more towns with a combined population of over 50,000 inhabitants, if they are in EU countries with fewer than 2 cities with over 50 000 inhabitants. For the cultural heritage award: those mentioned above....
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