FEEDBACK- World Humanitarian Summit: Making Inclusion Real | June 17, 2016

Watch again the Special Session on the inclusion of Persons with disabilities! It presented a critical opportunity to ensure that humanitarian action addresses the needs and rights of persons with disabilities. Representing 15% of any affected population[1], persons with disabilities have been excluded from aid, and unable to participate in decision-making processes and literally therefore […]

Watch again the Special Session on the inclusion of Persons with disabilities! It presented a critical opportunity to ensure that humanitarian action addresses the needs and rights of persons with disabilities.

Representing 15% of any affected population[1], persons with disabilities have been excluded from aid, and unable to participate in decision-making processes and literally therefore are left behind. For the first time ever, a wide range of stakeholders from organisations representing persons with disabilities, NGOs, States, UN and funding bodies have developed, under Handicap International leadership, a charter on inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action and a broader range of stakeholders endorsed it before, during an after the dedicated special session. You can view the session again on this video:

The charter revolves around five core principles:

  • Non-discrimination
  • Equal access to services for everyone.
  • Full participation of persons with disabilities in crisis decision-making.
  • Development of global guidelines and policies.
  • Sharing of expertise and cooperation between all actors.

The charter, which the UN Secretary General called “ground-breaking”, can have a significant impact on the ability of people with disabilities to access humanitarian assistance and allow them to participate in decision-making process that directly affect their lives.

Handicap International is calling on these actors not to miss this opportunity for more effective and impartial aid!


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