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  • Celebrating the life of Stephen Hawking: Visionary physicist dies aged 76

    16.03.2018 The British scientist was famed for his work with black holes and relativity, and wrote several popular science books including the celebrated “A Brief History of Time”. Prof. Hawking was regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein, had over a dozen honorary degrees, and was a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy of Science. At the age of 22 Professor Hawking was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease. Professor Hawking recognized that his access to high-quality healthcare...
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  • Resolution on disability-inclusive Sustainable Development Goals

    Adopted by the Board of Directors of the European Disability Forum Brussels, 13rd March 2018 Whereas the European Union (EU), as a Party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), has a legal obligation under the Convention to promote, protect and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by persons with disabilities; Whereas the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted in 2015 by the United Nations, represents a unique opportunity to implement and monitor the UNCRPD; Whereas the motto of the 2030 Agenda is “leave no one behind”,...
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  • Sustainable development must be inclusive of persons with disabilities!

    Over 100 people participated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) conference organised by the European Disability Forum and the Belgian Disability Forum. The conference took place on the 3rd March in Brussels, with representatives of organisations of persons with disabilities and a range of partners and allies from across Europe. The objective of the conference was to show how the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) should serve as a guiding framework for the implementation and the monitoring of the SDGs. Participants were also invited to hear more about...
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  • Inclusive sustainable development in Europe- a new report from the European Disability Forum

    The European Disability Forum (EDF) presents its second human report entitled “2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) report: A European perspective to respect, protect and fulfil the United Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”. The report provides an overview of the strong link between the Convention and the SDGs and presents recommendations on how to ensure Europe takes a human rights based approach to the Sustainable Development agenda, fully including persons with disabilities. This report has been designed as a resource for organisations of persons with...
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  • EDF Board meeting conclusions

    08.03.2018 You will find below EDF's position on a number of key topics, which were discussed and approved altogether during the EDF Board on March 3-4 2018. Women's Rights - CEDAW committee elections: EDF fully endorses the candidature of EDF Vice-President and Spanish Candidate to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Ana Peláez Narváez. It is time for the CEDAW committee to also include women with disabilities! Support Ana using the hashtag #disabilityforCEDAW . Click here for more information European Disability Strategy: Building on the achievements of the...
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  • Historical day for persons with disabilities in Europe as Ireland ratifies CRPD

    08.03.2018 EDF celebrates the ratification by Ireland of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as this marks a historical moment for persons with disabilities and their families in Ireland and Europe. Ireland signed the CRPD in March 2007, and waited more than 10 years to ratify. The Dáil (House of Parliament) approved yesterday evening a resolution that enables Ireland to ratify the CRPD. The approval of the resolution by the Dáil will be followed by the depositing of the instrument of ratification with the United Nations. The CRPD then enters into force 30 days after being...
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  • Access to justice for all women and girls with disabilities - Happy Women's Day!

    08.03.2018 EDF Vice-President, Ana Peláez Narváez raised awareness yesterday, ahead of the International Women's Day on the rights of women with disabilities to access to justice at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Access to justice continues to be denied to millions of women with disabilities worldwide. Women face all kinds of obstacles when they try to claim their rights in court. Nevertheless, many obstacles still remain to inhibit women and girls with disabilities from activating their rights. These range from symbolic barriers such as negative stereotypes that permeate the work of all...
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  • Alejandro Moledo's new blog article on UNRISD website

    06.03.2018 Don't miss Alejandro Modelo's blog article called “Embracing Human Diversity: Policies and Enabling Factors for Accessible Technologies”, published on the 6th of March on the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)’ s website. Please click here to read it. Congratulations Alejandro! For your information, the Think Piece series was launched last Thursday by the UNRISD. On the 7th of March,  their communications team promoted the piece on UNRISD’s social media channels to tie in with the Human Rights Council Annual Interactive Debate on the Rights of Persons with...
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  • New webinar about the CRPD!

    06.03.2018 In the framework of the Third Pillar of the Knowledge Management Strategy - Learning Spaces to LEARN and TRAIN – IDDC is launching a webinar-based training cycle to gradually explore different aspects of the inclusion of persons with disability in development cooperation.   Based on the need to promote among all participating countries and partners a common approach to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the first webinar focuses on “The CRPD: principles and attributes”. The webinar is structured in three language sessions in English, French and Spanish as...
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  • EDF fully supports Ana Peláez campaign for CEDAW

    04.03.2018 EDF fully supports and endorses the candidacy of Ana Pelaez to the United Nations Committee of Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Ana is presenting a strong plea to include women with disabilities in CEDAW, giving meaning to her campaign motto, #DisabilityforCEDAW. Elections to the CEDAW Committee will he held at United Nations headquarters in New York on June 7th 2018, and the representatives from the 189 States Parties will have the right to vote. However, civil society’s role in the entire process is crucial as it can have a direct influence on the positions adopted by...
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