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Round table discussion with Anna Morell
Europe In Action 2013 Ageing People with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
The Conference brought together policy experts, families and member organization to discuss the global challenges facing aging adults with intellectual disabilities and their increasingly senior-aged family members who are supporting them.
Strengthening Our Movement: A Focus on European Perspectives
Inclusion International with Inclusion Europe engaged our European network in a discussion about strengthening and revitalizing our global movement. In response to demands from members in Europe for enhanced collaboration and coordination between European and global efforts we will move toward one membership in one movement. As a part of one movement members will have access to and support from global and regional networks and expertise in policy and practice that is relevant and useful for their work at a national level. A more coordinated approach will enable Inclusion International and Inclusion Europe to better meet the needs of our members and ensure that we are: relevant to families; effectively advancing self-advocacy; and effective in influencing European and global policy agendas.
Eastern African Network on Disability Mainstreaming Seminar
The seminar took place in Bagamoyo, Tanzania on May 13 -17.
Shikuku Obosi, Inclusion International’s consultant for Africa, was invited to represent Inclusion Africa as on observer. Light for the World Netherlands organised the seminar for its six partner organizations and founder members of the network from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Rwanda.
The purpose of the seminar was to develop a joint 3-year Strategic Plan for the network, create a quality framework with minimum standards for disability mainstreaming interventions and formulate practical strategies and plans for resource.
Inclusion Africa’s joining the network in the future will help ensure that disability mainstreaming in the East African region is inclusive of the issues of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. It will also enhance the sharing of experiences between Inclusion Africa and other disability organizations in the region and put it in a good stead to access networks, especially in Europe, through the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC).
Asia Pacific Input to the High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development
Voting Rights Restored by the Revision of Election Law in Japan
Diane Richler Presents Inclusion International’s Global Report on Living in the Community in Spain
In May, Diane Richler, immediate Past President of Inclusion International, presented the results of Inclusion International’s Global Report on Living in the Community to a conference marking the 5th anniversary of Spain’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The conference was organized by CERMI, the Spanish Committee of Representative of Persons with Disabilities and the Human Rights Institute Bartolomé de las Casas of the Carlos III University in Madrid.
Consultation meeting in Santiago de Chile
On 14-15 May Government specialists on disability issues, civil society and international organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean came together to analyze the situation of people with disabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean and to define strategic priorities on the regional agenda to boost joint efforts by government agencies and civil society organizations.
For II it was important to participate in this meeting to hear the situation in Latin America and the Caribbean and make visible the needs and challenges of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.
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Inclusion Africa Regional Meeting and General Assembly, Accra, Ghana, April 2013
CRPD Committee elects new Chair
The Convention on th Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) Committee met in Geneva for its 9th session, April 15 – 19, 2013.
Inclusion International congratulates Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes on her election as Chair of the Committee. She is the first woman Chair of the Committee.
Ron McCallum, Theresia Degener and Carlos Rios Espinosa were elected as new Vice Chairs and new Committee member Martin Babu Mwesigwa was elected as new Rapporteur of the Committee by acclamation.
Inclusion International calls on UNICEF to recognise families
In a letter recently sent to Mr. Anthony Lake, Unicef’s Executive Director, Inclusion International called on UNICEF to ensure that the recognition of families, as enshrined in the CRC and CDRP be highlighted in the launch of the State of the World’s Children and in the activities emanating from it.