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CBM speaks at Panel organised by the German Government

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Left to right - Gudrun Kopp (Parliamentary Secretary of State for Development) Dinah Radtke, (Centre for Independent Living - ZSL) and Lars Bosselmann (CBM EU Advocacy Manager)

August 2013 - At a panel discussion in Berlin the topic of inclusive development and emergencies was debated and explained to citizens.

Discussion themed around inclusive international cooperation and humanitarian aid

On Sunday August 25th the German government held its annual 'open door day' allowing citizens to visit all Ministries in Berlin. Like every year, many citizens accepted the invitation: Approximately 150.000 people visited the various Ministries.  

On this occasion, the Federal Ministry for Economic and Development Cooperation organised a diverse programme containing panel discussions, interaction with citizens and cultural performances. Part of the programme was a panel discussion themed around inclusive international cooperation and humanitarian aid. Panelists were Gudrun Kopp, Parliamentary Secretary of State for Development, Dinah Radtke, Centre for Independent Living (ZSL) and Lars Bosselmann, CBM EU Advocacy Manager.

Disability inclusion increasing, but improvement still necessary

All panellists welcomed the fact that attention to persons with disabilities in emergencies and development has been growing over the last years.

But despite this overall positive trend, as witnessed during recent emergencies, persons with disabilities continue to face many obstacles and to be overlooked. This is particularly true in the first phase after a disaster hit a country.

Persons with disabilities should be 'at the heart of society'

There was agreement amongst all speakers that an essential component on how to improve this situation is to work directly with persons with disabilities and their representative organisations. This cooperation should be a continuous one aiming at full inclusion of persons with disabilities in all phases of the development process of a country or society.

“We want persons with disabilities to be at the heart of society, just as they are at the heart of our panel today”, said Gudrun Kopp, Parliamentary Secretary of State for Development.

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