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  • EDF met the UN Committee & defended its Alternative Report on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the EU

    02.04.2015 Today the disability movement met the UN Committee in Geneva and presented its Alternative Report raising its concerns about how the EU implements the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). The EU ratified the UN CRPD in 2010 making it the first international human rights treaty that was ever ratified by a regional organisation. Last year, the EU had to submit a report to the UN Committee to explain what actions it has taken in favor of its 80 million citizens with disabilities. EDF prepared the EDF Alternative Report in order to give the view of citizens with...
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  • EDF will present the priorities of the Disability Movement to the UN Committee

    30.03.2015 This Thursday 2 April, the disability movement will be at Geneva to meet the UN Committee and discuss its concerns on how the EU implements the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). The EU has ratified the UN Convention in 2010 making it the 1st international human rights treaty that has ever been ratified by a regional organisation. By ratifying the UN Convention, the EU has agreed to take important steps for equal rights and full inclusion of persons with disabilities in all areas of life. Find more about what the UN Convention foresees at the UN website Last...
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  • POST-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction has been adopted

    20.03.2015 EDF welcomes the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), which was officially adopted on 18 March 2015 at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, and it is disability-inclusive. The Conference was closed by a statement from Margareta Wahlström, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN ISDR), referring specifically to persons with disabilities. She declared that “The adoption of this new framework for disaster risk reduction opens a major new...
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  • EDF launches its Alternative Report on the rights of persons with disabilities

    18.03.2015 EDF is very happy to announce that it has submitted its Alternative Report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities (UN CRPD) in Europe to the United Nations Committee. EDF Alternative Report has been prepared in the frame of the review process of the EU by the UN Committee in Geneva. During its 13th session on 2 April 2015, the UN Committee will examine for the first time the report that the EU has submitted describing the work it has done to put in practice the principles of the UN CRPD since its ratification in 2010. EDF Alternative Report...
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  • Blueprint to double use of EU Collective Land Passenger Transport by 2025

    16.03.2015 European Citizens’ Mobility Forum proposes Action Programme blueprint to EU policy decision-makers on doubling use of collective land passenger transport by 2025. The European Citizens’ Mobility Forum (ECMF) has published a blueprint for an EU Action Programme on doubling the use of collective land passenger transport in the European Union by 2025. Framed around four principles, the Action Programme covers nine action areas, including governance, infrastructure, innovation, funding, sustainability, taxation, service quality, image, and monitoring the progress made in achieving the...
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  • Time for Disability Inclusive Development!

    09.03.2015 Commissioner Mimica commits to support disability-inclusive development within the EU On 5 March, representatives of the European Disability Forum (EDF) and of the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) met with European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Mimica to discuss European development cooperation and the rights of persons with disabilities. IDDC and EDF reflected on the progress which has been made in recent years in advancing the rights of persons with disabilities in EU external action. Commisisoner Mimica sees the current review...
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  • EDF calls for equality & full inclusion for women with disabilities!

    06.03.2015 On the occasion of the International Women’s Day on 8 March, EDF calls for equality and the full inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in all actions that European Union and its Member States undertake. This year is special. 2015 is not only the year the world will agree a new international development framework, it is also the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action; this platform aimed to bring to light the structural inequalities and human rights violations faced by all women and girls, and to prepare the ground for concrete action to realise gender equality. Today,...
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  • The EU Monitoring Framework renews its commitment to promote the UN Convention

    04.03.2015 EDF is there to ensure the voice of persons with disabilities is heard At today's high-level meeting of the EU Monitoring Framework on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the European Commission, represented by Director-General Michel Servoz, Members of the European Parliament Ádám Kósa, Rosa Estaràs Ferragut and Helga Stevens, the European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly, the Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights Morten Kjaerum and the Vice-President of the European Disability Forum Gunta Anca, renewed their commitment to promote, protect and...
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  • The Disability Intergroup discussed its priorities

    26.02.2015 The new, larger, Bureau of the European Parliament Disability Intergroup met for the first time at the end of February. In particular, MEPs discussed work priorities for 2015-2016. MEPs cooperated with EDF in setting the priorities below: UN CRPD EU review by the UN Committee; equal access to transport and to goods and services (European Accessibility Act, European disability card); anti-discrimination directive; revision of the European Disability Strategy; revision of the Europe 2020, European Semester and employment issues; Digital Single Market; international cooperation and post-2015...
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  • European Economic Strategy fails to include European citizens with disabilities

    23.02.2015 At EDF's Board meeting in Latvia this weekend, members took part in a general discussion on Europe 2020 and the European Semester process. New evidence came to light of the negative impact that this agenda has on persons with disabilities across the EU. The measures being taken by governments as a result of EU recommendations are undermining social inclusion. EDF members from countries such as Finland, Denmark and Belgium gave examples of processes at country level which are neither transparent, nor inclusive. Persons with disabilities are at higher risk of poverty and social exclusion, and...
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