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CBM's preferred approach in meeting the needs of people with disabilities is to focus on mobilising the community. In 2013, CBM contributed to 197 community-based rehabilitation programmes, helping 202,505 people.

International Advocacy and Alliances Team

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CBM IAA Director Lars Bosselmann speaking about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the European Parliament in 2009
In 2011, CBM established a department for International Advocacy and Alliances (IAA) for inclusive development. The team leads CBM’s advocacy and alliances work at an international level and also supports, coordinates and strengthens our advocacy and alliances work across CBM’s Member Associations. The European Union Liaison Office (EULO) forms part of the IAA department.

Lars Bosselmann - Director of IAA

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Lars Bosselmann
Lars Bosselmann is the Director of CBM’s department for International Advocacy and Alliances. Lars promotes the inclusion of persons with disabilities in key development policies and processes at international level (e.g. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) as well as a strong collaboration between CBM and other international organisations. Lars is also Board Member of Concord, the European NGO confederation for relief and development, CBM's Representative at the World Blind Union (WBU) and at the International council of Children with Visual Impairment (ICEVI).
Lars is a German national who speaks fluent English and French as well as his native German. He holds a university degree in political science with a specialisation in European integration and international relations.

Dr Elizabeth Lockwood - CBM Representative at the UN

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Elizabeth Lockwood
Elizabeth Lockwood is the CBM Representative at the United Nations in New York. Elizabeth focuses on developing advocacy strategies to raise awareness, network, build capacity, and lobby for the rights of persons with disabilities at the UN level in relation to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and inclusive development. Elizabeth focuses on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in different areas, including disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action, indigenous peoples, women and girls, children and youth, older persons and disability data and statistics. She also coordinates efforts of mainstreaming persons with disabilities in the 2030 Agenda and conducts research and writes briefs to assist with strategies for the inclusion of persons with disabilities. In addition, Elizabeth is co-chair of the International Disability and Development Consortium’s (IDDC) UN Task Group.

You can follow Elizabeth on twitter at @LockwoodEM.

Alba Gonzalez - Policy Officer

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Alba Gonzalez
Alba Gonzalez is the Policy Officer at CBM’s EU Liaison Office, which sits within the department for International Advocacy and Alliances. In that capacity, she supports the advocacy work of the team to make sure that persons with disabilities are included in all processes at EU level. Her work is especially linked to activities in the European Parliament, ensuring the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) are in the core of the EU policies. She also works together with the International Disability and Development Consortium, reinforcing the capacity of the EU to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid.

You can follow Alba on twitter at @AlbaGonzalezAG.

Ariane Lignier - Policy Officer

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Ariane Lignier
Ariane Lignier is the Policy Officer at CBM’s EU Liaison Office, which sits within the department for International Advocacy and Alliances. She works to raise awareness in the European Union institutions for the rights of persons with disabilities. Ariane advocates for mainstream disability inclusion in EU international cooperation especially in the implementation of the Agenda 2030,  in the relationship between the EU and Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific and in the EU budget, knowing that the European Union is the biggest aid donor. Ariane closely follows  humanitarian aid and Disability Risk reduction.
You can follow Ariane on Twitter @LignierAriane.


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