Disability-inclusive DRR: Learning from the Italian example

Disability-inclusive DRR: Learning from the Italian example

Side event at the European Forum for DRR, 2021

The countdown is nearly over. The European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) is next week, 24-26 November. Disability-inclusive preparedness, resilience building and response are essential if we are to stop the discrimination that people with disabilities face during humanitarian crises.

European Disability Forum (EDF) together with the Italian National Fire and Rescue Service is organising a side event at this conference, with objectives:
• Highlight the increased risk that persons with disability are exposed to during humanitarian crises
• Give an overview of the situation regarding disability inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) practice in Europe and Central Asia
• Showcase an example of meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in training of fire and rescue professionals in Italy

When? 25th November from 2:15 to 3:15 PM CET

Where? Register here 

Moderator: Krzysztof Zyman – Executive Secretary of Council of Europe’s Major Hazards Agreement
Keynote speaker: Nadia Hadad – Board and Executive Committee member of European Disability Forum (EDF)


  • Nino Gvetadze – Consultant, Disability-inclusive Humanitarian Action & Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Stefano Zanut – Senior Officier of the Italian National Fire and Rescue Service
  • Consuelo Agnesi – Italian National Agency for the Protection And Assistance of the Deaf (ENS) and Expert on Inclusive Communication
  • Elisabetta Schiavone – Italian Multiple Sclerosis Association (AISM) and Consultant on Inclusive Safety and Emergency Management

Closing statement: Julia Stewart-David – Acting Director of the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Directorate, European Commission’s Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)

Format: Virtual, with International Sign interpretation and live captioning in English and Italian.

For more information you can download the flyer or contact Gordon Rattray, International Cooperation Officer at gordon.rattray@edf-feph.org