FEEDBACK – What future for disability inclusion in humanitarian action ? | August 31, 2016
A summer passed since the success of the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, launched by Handicap International together with a core group of committed stakeholders during the World Humanitarian Summit (23-24 May, Istanbul). Our work just started! A ground-breaking Charter! The 23 May marked an important date for the community […]
A summer passed since the success of the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, launched by Handicap International together with a core group of committed stakeholders during the World Humanitarian Summit (23-24 May, Istanbul). Our work just started!
A ground-breaking Charter!
The 23 May marked an important date for the community working on ensuring the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action. A “ground-breaking Charter”, as defined by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, was launched during the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). At the moment, the Charter has been officially endorsed by a considerable number and variety of stakeholders, including 15 States, the European Commission, 12 UN agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), 16 international networks, such as the International Council of Voluntary Associations (ICVA), Voice, InterAction, the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), and Coordination SUD, 60 NGOs and more than 20 organisations representative of persons with disabilities (for the full list, visit humanitariandisabilitycharter.org).
Handicap International and the other members of the core group of partners involved are committed to build on this incredibly positive result by bringing the Charter to life and making their commitments a reality. We are already doing so, by acting as co-chairs of the team working on the development of Global Guidelines on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action, within the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and in partnership with the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and UNICEF.
Looking forward, the 140 signatories of the Charter hope to see the issue of disability inclusion well addressed within the report on the outcomes of the WHS due by Ban Ki-moon to the UN General Assembly in the second half of September. In particular, we hope that the principles of the Charter, namely non-discrimination, participation, inclusive policy, response and services, cooperation and coordination, will be properly reflected in the text to ensure that the implementation of the Agenda for Humanity is inclusive of persons with disabilities.
Visit humanitariandisabilitycharter.org or contact Camille Gosselin, Humanitarian Advocacy Manager (email@example.com), and Elena Bertozzi, Policy Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org), at Handicap International.