ALERT – Handicap International at the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD | June 15, 2016

On the 16th of June, Handicap International is hosting a side event to share the outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit for persons with disabilities. The 9th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is being held from 14 to 16 June 2016 in […]

On the 16th of June, Handicap International is hosting a side event to share the outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit for persons with disabilities.

The 9th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is being held from 14 to 16 June 2016 in New York. The overarching theme of this year’s session is “Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind”.

During this side event, Handicap International and its partners will share with the participants the outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit, held in Istanbul on May 23rd and 24th. Indeed, the Summit was marked by the launch of what UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon called a “ground-breaking” Charter on Inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action. For the first time ever, stakeholders of all backgrounds came together to endorse a common document on this topic.

The Charter sets out five core principles to support humanitarian actors’ practices in term of disability inclusion: (1) non-discrimination, (2) participation, (3) inclusive policy, (4) inclusive response and services, and (5) cooperation and coordination. As up now, more 101 stakeholders had expressed their intention to work towards its implementation, including 14 States, 12 UN agencies, 13 international and national NGO networks, 51 NGOs, the whole Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, the International Committee of the Red Cross as well as 37 organizations representative of persons with disabilities.

Among the key commitments put forward at the Summit regarding the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action were the development of global guidelines to implement the Charter, the promotion of participation of persons with disabilities in decision making and planning of humanitarian programmes, an improvement of data collection, an increased access to services and relief goods, technical cooperation and the fostering of partnerships with local and national organizations.

Handicap International will take the opportunity of this side event to discuss the next steps to ensure that these commitments will be taken forward. This event will also be an opportunity for more stakeholders to announce their endorsement of the Charter and further commitments towards its implementation. The panelists are:

  • Mr. Colin Allen, Vice- chair, International Disability Alliance,
  • Eppu Mikkonen-Jeanneret, Senior Adviser for Global Social Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland,
  • Mr Gopal Mitra,  Programme Specialist – Children with Disabilities Disability Section, UNICEF,
  • Mr Camille Gosselin, Humanitarian Advocacy Manager, Handicap International.

To know more: read the Charter on Inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action, and documents on civil society’s side events at the Conference of States Parties.


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