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2014 – Mid Year Advocacy round up

Jillian, a Typhoon Haiyan victim with a hearing impairment, seen here with her mother Jeyln in the Philippines in Novemeber 2013.

2014 has been a busy year so far for the International Advocacy and Alliances team, not least because of the ongoing processes at the UN for the post-2015 framework and also the election of a new European Parliament. This short article gives a recap of three of the key events and processes the IAA team has been involved with so far this year.

Post 2015

The post-2015 process continues its deliberations for a new development framework. The first six months of 2014 saw a large number of meetings take place at the UN to move the process forward. These included open working group (OWG) meetings and thematic debates and consultations by the President of the General Assembly. Members of the IAA team were in attendance for the majority of these meetings. If you want to find out more, read Elizabeth’s blogs to find out the latest news and learn about what the most recent document has to say on disability inclusive development. 

Disability and Human Rights

Along with our continued advocacy at the UN level on the post-2015 framework and disability inclusion, the IAA team has been busy continuing it’s work on advocating for disability rights. Diane and Risna Utami (representing a CBM partner) attended key events in the UN in both Geneva and New York, and had a packed schedule, speaking at a number of events, including Risna presenting a keynote speech at the opening of the annual UN meeting on disability rights – the Conference of State Parties. Read Diane’s blog on the busy time at the UN.

New EU parliament elected

The first few months of 2014 was also a busy time for IAA team members focused on the EU. The European Parliament elections took place in May 2014 and important work had to be done to create a message about disability-inclusive development with the candidates and also now with the newly elected MEP’s. IAA members Alba and Luisa worked closely with colleagues in the IDDC in advance of the elections to gain support from potential candidates on an Election Statement. The Statement gained support from more than 80 MEPs and candidates from more than 10 countries, more than 50 of who were re-elected. Read more about the MEP’s and their commitment to disability-inclusive development.
The remainder of 2014 brings many more opportunities to continue or advocacy work, we look forward to working with our partners and alliances to continue progressing change for persons with disabilities. If you would like to read more about our work and all of our activities in 2013, download our annual report below.


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