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  • European Parliament crucial vote on Accessibility Act

    14.09.2017 Several improvements - what is still missing? The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted today in plenary session on the proposed amendments to the Accessibility Act. The Parliament adopted its final position before starting the negotiations with the Council. EDF and its members had campaigned to convince the MEPs to listen to the voices of their citizens and adopt an ambitious Accessibility Act. We will take the time to examine the amendments and the final text and come back with a thorough analysis. In the meantime, this is a short update on the five top priorities we campaigned...
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  • European Parliament, don’t miss the opportunity for a meaningful Accessibility Act!

    12.09.2017 MEPs, vote for strong amendments in Thursday’s plenary! Last week, the Political Groups of the European Parliament tabled amendments on the proposal of the European Accessibility Act. We strongly campaigned for our five priorities to be reflected in these amendments and all the amendments we proposed were indeed tabled. This Thursday, 14 September, the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will vote on the proposed amendments on the Accessibility Act. The vote will take place during the plenary session in the European Parliament in Strasbourg . This is a crucial moment in our battle...
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  • International Youth Day 2017: Voices of young people with disabilities

    12.08.2017 Young people with disabilities living in Europe still face various barriers to study, get a job, live independently, travel, have relationships etc. Lack of accessibility, insufficient support services, stigma and discrimination persist in today’s Europe and prevents them from enjoying their rights and having equal opportunities.  Access to education and employment is even more difficult or impossible for young persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities, those coming from migrant or minority families or those living in institutions.    On the International Youth Day 2017, we are...
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  • So what happened at the High Level Political Forum in New York?

    20.07.2017 The 2017 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) took place from 10 -19 July 2017, at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York. The meeting was organised under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The HLPF was established to bring together governments, civil society, and business to monitor, review and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting, this year, focused on the theme of “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world" with a specific focus on seven of the 17 goals: Goal 1. End...
    The HLPF ministerial declaration with five references to persons with disabilities being adopted
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  • EDF brought a European perspective to the High Level Political Forum in New York

    20.07.2017 On Thursday 13 July 2017, EDF Board Member Thorkild Olesen spoke at our side-event during the High Level Political Forum in New York, along with disability activists Judith Umoh (Nigeria), Jose Maria Viera (Argentina) and Eeva Tupi (Finland). The side-event was entitled "Sharing national experiences of persons with disabilities regarding multiple & cross-cutting discrimination as core issues contributing to poverty". It was organised by the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities for Sustainable Development, in collaboration with EDF, the Disabled People's Organisation Denmark (...
    Discussion between presenters at the side event
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  • EDF & Commissioner Crețu share commitment to use EU Funds to build an inclusive & accessible Europe

    18.07.2017 EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, met today the Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Crețu. During the meeting the following issues were discussed: the use of the European Union (EU) Funds for accessibility and non-discrimination, partnership with organisations of persons with disabilities and the future of EU budget and Cohesion Policy. Commissioner Crețu emphasised the importance of Cohesion Policy, aiming at reducing disparities among EU Member States, in bridging the gap between the EU and its people. “The interests of the 80 million Europeans with disabilities are very important...
    Commissioner Cretu shaking hands with EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis
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  • EDF met with the new UN Economic Commission for Europe Secretary General

    17.07.2017 On Monday, a delegation of the European Disability Forum (EDF) was invited by the new UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Secretary General, Olga Algayerova, to meet for an informal discussion about the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting was a wonderful opportunity to share with Ms Algayerova EDF's active engagement in the ECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development in April, in preparation of the High Level Political Forum. These efforts were actually already acknowledged with two mentions of persons with disabilities in...
    EDF with Ms. Algayerova
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  • Aging, disability and gender: the High Level Political Forum has kicked off

    11.07.2017 EDF is taking part in the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) which is currently taking place in New York. On 10 July 2017, EDF Vice-President, Ana Peláez, kicked off the week and spoke at a side-event entitled “Beyond Slogans — Good Practice to Count Us All In”. “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provided us a wonderful platform to implement an inter-sectional approach to the most vulnerable people. It is time to rally together and tackle gender, aging and disabilities as a whole, if we want the 2030 Agenda to be successful", said Ana Peláez. In fact, the numbers are staggering...
    People seated around table at the side event on aging, disability and gender at HLPF
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  • EDF at the UN Conference of State Parties to the CRPD

    15.06.2017 Every year, the State Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) meet at the UN headquarters in New York. The meeting is called ‘Conference of States Parties to the CRPD’ – in short COSP- and its purpose is to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the CRPD.   This year it is the 10th session of the COSP and it took place from 13 to 15 June 2017 under the theme:  ‘The second decade of the CRPD: inclusionand full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations in the implementation of the...
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  • Disaster risk reduction: Getting our voices heard on the other side of the world

    26.05.2017 From 22-26 of May 2017, the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction took place in Cancun, Mexico. We reported to the European Disability Forum (EDF) preparatory workshop, which we held one week before in which we explored good practices taking place in Europe and learned more about the International and European frameworks for Disaster Risk Reduction. During the conference in Cancun itself, thanks to new technologies for remote participation being used at the conference, EDF had the opportunities to give input from Europe at the Global Platform. Remote hubs from Europe, Bangladesh, the...
    Robots interacting at the conference in Cancun
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