International Disability Alliance

International Disability Alliance's statement on the situation of persons with disabilities affected by floods in Pakistan

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Friday, September 23, 2022

GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The International Disability Alliance (IDA) is expressing its deepest sympathy to the people of Pakistan, in particular persons with disabilities and their families, who have been affected by the recent floods and landslides. We call on the government of Pakistan, the United Nations, the international humanitarian community, and donor agencies to ensure maximum inclusion of persons with disabilities in the humanitarian response. Organizations of persons with disabilities must be involved in response planning, implementation, and monitoring as the most competent people to ensure a rights-based approach and full inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Key Points: 
  • Organizations of persons with disabilities must be involved in response planning, implementation and monitoring as the most competent people to ensure a rights-based approach and full inclusion of persons with disabilities.
  • GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The International Disability Alliance (IDA) is expressing its deepest sympathy to the people of Pakistan, in particular persons with disabilities and their families, who have been affected by the recent floods and landslides.
  • We call on the government of Pakistan, the United Nations, the international humanitarian community, and donor agencies to ensure maximum inclusion of persons with disabilities in the humanitarian response.
  • Organizations of persons with disabilities must be involved in response planning, implementation, and monitoring as the most competent people to ensure a rights-based approach and full inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Funding available to help employers assess their workplace disability management programs

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

PORT ALBERNI, BC, June 22, 2022 /CNW/ - Employers across Canada have the opportunity to have their current workplace Disability Management programs reviewed using an internationally accepted assessment tool free of charge.

Key Points: 
  • PORT ALBERNI, BC, June 22, 2022 /CNW/ - Employers across Canada have the opportunity to have their current workplace Disability Management programs reviewed using an internationally accepted assessment tool free of charge.
  • Support for Canadian workplaces to assess, improve or develop a DM program
    Workplace Disability Management Assessments are being offered free of charge to employers across Canada.
  • The assessments, administered by NIDMAR under the auspices of the International Disability Management Standards Council, can help employers establish benchmarks, identify gaps in their existing programs, and create a plan for future improvements.
  • The Workplace Disability Management Assessment (WDMA) requires less time as it has 72 interview questions with the same 5-level hierarchy optional responses, and provides a clear snapshot of an organization's approach to disability management.

Minister Qualtrough leads Canada's delegation to United Nations Conference advancing disability inclusion around the world

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Leading Canada's delegation at the 15th Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), is Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough.

Key Points: 
  • Leading Canada's delegation at the 15th Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), is Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough.
  • In addressing the Conference, Minister Qualtrough highlighted Canada's ongoing work to become a country, and to help create a world, where persons with disabilities can participate in every aspect of society.
  • This year, Canada's UN COSP delegation includes three youth members of the disability community: Zoe Elverum, Carly Fox, and Paula MacDonald.
  • Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough
    ""Human rights are at the core of Canada's foreign policy.

Four months into war - What is happening to Ukrainians with disabilities?

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Monday, June 13, 2022

NEW YORK, June 13, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Since the onset of renewed Russian aggression against Ukraine in February 2022, children and adults with disabilities have been facing compounded protection threats. These have directly increased risk of abandonment, violence, injury, and death – whether at home, in institutions, or in displacement.

Key Points: 
  • These have directly increased risk of abandonment, violence, injury, and death whether at home, in institutions, or in displacement.
  • In the context of the current emergency, they have been left behind, unable to access information and seek safety from war.
  • Women and girls with disabilities in Ukraine are also at disproportionate risk of sexual and gender-based violence during the conflict.
  • We need a full mobilization to support the forgotten Ukrainians in this unacceptable war," he said earlier, when addressing the same subject.

More disasters, less inclusion: will transformation start in Bali?

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

GENEVA, May 19, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- "It has now been 7 years since we were in Sendai, Japan to discuss how to build a more resilient world while facing more disasters. In 2015, IDA, as an organization of persons with disabilities, was excited to see strong provisions on disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in the Sendai Framework. But packing for Bali to discuss progress in implementing what we had agreed in Sendai, we must admit that little has been achieved around the inclusion of persons with disabilities in disaster preparation, response, and recovery," said Vladimir Cuk, Executive Director of the International Disability Alliance (IDA).

Key Points: 
  • We will not achieve a sustainable and resilient society unless the human rights of all persons are protected, respected, and upheld.
  • In 2015, IDA, as an organization of persons with disabilities, was excited to see strong provisions on disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in the Sendai Framework.
  • The theme is " From Risk to Resilience: Towards Sustainable Development for All in a COVID-19 Transformed World ".
  • In this altered world, human rights are as relevant as ever in emergency response and Disaster Risk Reduction.

Sightsavers and International Disability Alliance (IDA) join in $1 million partnership

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 26, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Sightsavers has worked in a strategic and effective partnership with the International Disability Alliance (IDA) since 2013 – sharing expertise and resources to advance disability rights and the inclusion agenda. The two organisations have worked together to organise two Global Disability Summits, supported the development and growth of the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network, and jointly led major consortium initiatives to advance inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Key Points: 
  • GENEVA, Switzerland, April 26, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --Sightsavers has worked in a strategic and effective partnership with the International Disability Alliance (IDA) since 2013 sharing expertise and resources to advance disability rights and the inclusion agenda.
  • There is no question that for us, in IDA, this partnership with Sightsavers is a flagship partnership.
  • Sir Clive Jones, Chair of Sightsavers, said: "We simply could not do what we do without the partnership between Sightsavers and IDA.
  • Aliyah Esmail, International Disability Alliance, +41 (0) 79 848 7999, [email protected]
    Tessa Pope, Sightsavers, +44 (0)14 44 446 637, [email protected]

Through this conflict in Ukraine, what happens to persons with disabilities? IDA's Statement on Ukraine

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Any international decisions, resolutions or measures adopted to address the situation in Ukraine must be inclusive of persons with disabilities facilitating their participation in decisions that affect them.

Key Points: 
  • Any international decisions, resolutions or measures adopted to address the situation in Ukraine must be inclusive of persons with disabilities facilitating their participation in decisions that affect them.
  • Even before the recent escalation of the situation, many persons with disabilities experienced challenges accessing humanitarian aid and safety.
  • According to persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in Ukraine , the situation for them "is appalling.
  • Women and girls, children, and older persons with disabilities, and those internally displaced before recent incidents each face multiple challenges aggravated during conflict.

New co-hosts announced for third Global Disability Summit

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Friday, February 18, 2022

Announcing the third Global Disability Summit, Hon.

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  • Announcing the third Global Disability Summit, Hon.
  • The Global Disability Summit is an unstoppable movement".
  • The second Global Disability Summit occurred virtually over two days, 16-17 February 2022, and was live-streamed from Norway.
  • Afull list of the commitments will be made public on the Global Disability Summit website in the coming weeks.

First day of Global Disability Summit results in ground-breaking commitments to disability rights from global leaders

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Thursday, February 17, 2022

By the end of the first day, commitments were made by more than 10 countries towards disability rights.

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  • By the end of the first day, commitments were made by more than 10 countries towards disability rights.
  • The virtual two-day Summit is the world's biggest gathering of global leaders and disability rights activists and organisations dedicated to commit to change for people with disabilities.
  • Some of the key commitments made were:
    The USA made 23 commitments on disability rights.
  • Against this background we are gathering today and tomorrow to reposition disability rights once again on the right track".

World leaders join together for Global Disability Summit 2022

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Monday, February 14, 2022

This is the second-ever global summit on strengthening the inclusion of people with disabilities and it will build on the progress made in the wake of the first Global Disability Summit in London in 2018.

Key Points: 
  • This is the second-ever global summit on strengthening the inclusion of people with disabilities and it will build on the progress made in the wake of the first Global Disability Summit in London in 2018.
  • In his welcome video to the summit, the Prime Minister of Norway, Jonas Gahr Stre, said, "I am pleased to be co-hosting the Global Disability Summit together with the President of Ghana and the International Disability Alliance.
  • The Global Disability Summit is an opportunity for all of us to make progress towards a world where everyone is included and can access their human rights".
  • In July 2018, the UK Department for International Development, alongside the Government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance, organised the first ever Global Disability Summit in London.