COMING UP – World Humanitarian Summit: Special Session on Inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action ! | May 23, 2016

Today, 23rd of May, starts the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. During a special session, States and other stakeholders will commit to reach persons with disabilities in times of crisis. 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 ‘left […]

Today, 23rd of May, starts the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. During a special session, States and other stakeholders will commit to reach persons with disabilities in times of crisis.

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 ‘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 will endorse it during the dedicated special session. 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.

With enough support, the charter will 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! 

You can follow the Session on the webcasts below:

2016-05-23 11_55_30-Summit Live _ World Humanitarian Summit

We will also share information on both events on our twitter account: https://twitter.com/HI_Advocacy . You can retweet to help us gain as much visibility as possible on this event.

[1] http://www.who.int/disabilities/world_report/2011/en/


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