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  • New report explores 10 years of work by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

    03.09.2018 The report released last week celebrates 10 years of the existence of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This independent Committee of experts plays an essential role in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities by providing interpretation and reviewing the progress of State Parties to the Convention.    The report provides an in-depth explanation to of the Committee's contribution to the implementation of the Convention. It also analyses the topics addressed by the Committeee, such as inclusive education, access to justice and health...
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  • Standard for the Web Accessibility Directive is published

    29.08.2018 This standard will be use to show compliance with the Web Accessibility Directive. The standard EN 301 549 V2.1.2 Accessibility requirements for ICT products and services was published yesterday by European Telecommunications Standards Institute and will soon be published by by the other European Standards Organisations (European Committee for Standardization and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization). Our ICT and standardisation experts were and continue being involved in the development of this crucial standard for accessible technologies. . This standard will be...
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  • Goodbye to a great disability activist & EDF board member Boris Šuštaršič.

    28.08.2018 It is with great sorrow that we learned of the death of Slovenian disability activist Boris Šuštaršič, a great disability activist and EDF Board member from 2005 until last year. Boris Šuštaršič was instrumental for the creation of a strong Slovenian network of persons with disabilities. He was President of the National Council of Disabled Organizations of Slovenia and authored and co-authored several articles and papers on the topic of disabilities. Mr Šuštaršič held the function of State Councillor in several mandates. He was commended by the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs...
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  • 20th session of the CRPD Committee starts today

    27.08.2018 The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities opens its 20th session today. The session will last until the 21st September 2018. During this sessions, the Committee will review the state of disability rights in 7 countries: Bulgaria, Malta, Poland, thethe former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Algeria, Philippines, South Africa and . It will also initiate the second cycle of review under the simplified reporting procedure by adopting list of issues prior to reporting on Austria, Azerbaijan, Germany, Mongolia and Sweden. The Committee will also work on the draft General Comment...
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  • New UNICEF report calls for the European Union to strengthen funding for the transition from institutional to community-based care.

    09.08.2018 In its new report “Ending institutionalisation and strengthening family and community-based care for children in Europe and beyond”, UNICEF strongly advocates for an increase commitment to de-institutionalisation in the next EU Budget ‘Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and calls for 10 specific actions: Preserve the principles that are already attached to the EU Structural and Investment Funds; Prioritize the transition to community-based care in all EU funds; Prioritize the transition to family and community-based care in all external EU action; Mainstream family and community-based...
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  • High Level Political Forum 2018: What happened there?

    23.07.2018 New York, 20 July 2018. The third edition of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) has now ended. It took place at the United Nation’s Headquarter in New York from the 9th to 18th July 2018. This year, the theme of the HLPF was “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies " with a specific focus on six of the 17 goals: Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation Goal 7: Affordable and clear energy Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production Goal 15: Life on land Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals EDF Vice-President, Ana Peláez Narváez...
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  • Global Disability Summit’s commitments need to be reflected in governments’ national policies.

    24.07.2018 The European Disability Forum endorsed the Charter for Change during the Global Disability Summit, a “first of its kind” event organised by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), along with the Government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance. We call on all governments to ensure that their strong stance and work on disability in international cooperation is reflected in their own national policies. The Global Disability Summit, which took place on the 24th July in London, gathered over 700 representatives from Disabled Persons’ Organisations, Civil Society,...
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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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