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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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  • European launch of the UNICEF Report: Children with disabilities

    30.05.2013 This year's UNICEF report focuses on: the State of the World's Childdren Report 2013: Children with Disabilities. Children with disabilities have the same rights and needs as all children. They have the same rights as others - among these, the right to life and to the opportunties that flow from good health care, nutrition and education the right to express their views and particiapate in making decisions, and the right to enjoy equal protection under the law. A simultaneous presentation will take place in different parts of the worl today. In the EU, the event will take place the Resisent...
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  • The European Disability Movement calls for a social way out of the crisis

    26.05.2013 On 25-26 May 2013, EDF’s Annual General Assembly took place in Athens, Greece, gathering hundreds of leaders from its member organisations all around Europe. This year’s meeting focused on the situation of persons with disabilities and the crisis, as well as the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) at National and EU level. It was also marked by the renewal of EDF’s governing bodies and the re-election of Yannis Vardakastanis as EDF President. Shuaib Chalklen, UN Special Rapporteur on Disability, Klaus Lachwitz representing the...
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  • Arab & European women with disabilities join forces to claim for their rights

    28.04.2013 On 27-28 April 2013, the European Disability Forum and the Arab Organisation of Persons with Disabilities gathered in Cairo, more than 120 female leaders with disabilities at the Arab regional conference entitled: "Women with Disabilities between Rights and Norms”. In cooperation with the Arab Forum of Women With Disabilities (AFOWD) and under the patronage of the Arab League of States, the conference gathered representatives from 20 Arab countries, as well as European women with disabilities, activists advocating for the rights of women. The conference was an opportunity to exchange good...
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  • Web Accessibility: EDF expresses the view of 80 million persons with disabilities at the meeting of the EP Committee of the Internal Market

    25.04.2013 On 25 April 2013, the European disability movement was invited to participate in the meeting of the European Parliament Committee of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. As it’s exceptional for Committees to invite or accept external actors in their meetings, EDF embraced this invitation as a good opportunity to bring the perspective of 80 million persons with disabilities on the accessibility of public websites in the European Parliament in Brussels. Represented by its Secretary, Rodolfo Cattani, EDF underlined during the meeting that access to websites is a pre-condition for access...
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