ALERT – Time to act for disability inclusion at the World Humanitarian Summit | May 6, 2016
Handicap International brings a Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action to the World Humanitarian Summit (23-24 May, Istanbul, Turkey). Persons with disabilities will not be left behind! Endorse the Charter! On 23 and 24 May 2016 the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) will take place in Istanbul, under initiative of UN […]
Handicap International brings a Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action to the World Humanitarian Summit (23-24 May, Istanbul, Turkey). Persons with disabilities will not be left behind! Endorse the Charter!
On 23 and 24 May 2016 the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) will take place in Istanbul, under initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This is the setting for the launch of the Charter on “Inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action”, which will take place during a Special Session on 23 May.
The Charter sets out an agenda to make humanitarian action more receptive to the rights and the needs of persons with disabilities. All humanitarian actors, from States to UN agencies and NGOs at all level, are invited to endorse the Charter.
Why a Charter?
Inclusion of persons with disabilities and most vulnerable people in emergency response must be considered a core component of principled and effective humanitarian action. It relates to the humanitarian principles of humanity and impartiality as well as the human rights principles of equity and non-discrimination. Making sure that the most at risk crisis-affected people have access to the basic aid and specific services essential for their survival, protection and recovery requires deliberate action from the humanitarian community.
Awareness and understanding of inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action is progressing, and humanitarian agencies are adopting targeted internal policies and tools. However, they are neither universally endorsed principles, nor standards or guidelines to ensure that humanitarian action is inclusive of persons with disabilities.
What is the Charter?
The Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disability in Humanitarian Action will support humanitarian actors’ obligations set out under international human rights law, in particular the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, international refugee law, international humanitarian law. It will also facilitate the implementation of other inclusive frameworks such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Charter puts forward five core principles to support humanitarian actors’ practices to be more inclusive of persons with disabilities: (1) non-discrimination, (2) participation, (3) inclusive policy, (4) inclusive response and services, and (5) cooperation and coordination.
Who contributed to the Charter?
The Charter has been drafted with a multi-stakeholder, transparent and inclusive procedure, that saw the involvement of the international NGO community, as well as national and regional organisations, UN representatives and agencies, under the leadership of the UNHCR, co-chair of the Inter-Agency Support Group on the Article 11 of the CRPD, and a large number of States and governments, led by Australia, Finland and Thailand.
Do you want to endorse the Charter?
You can visit the website: http://humanitariandisabilitycharter.org/
You can also tweet your support to the Charter and communicate your endorsement using the hashtag #ShareHumanity and quoting @HI_Advocacy !
Read the Charter.