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World DRR conference to be disability-inclusive

20-11-2014
a group of people in front of banner WCDRR
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UN, Geneva, 18 Nov 2014 - (Left to right, front): Shivani Gupta, IDA/CBM; Gordon Rattray, CBM; (back): Veronique Walbaum, Handicap International; Martin Kunstmann, ASB; Manuel Rothe, CBM; Luisa Fenu, CBM; Margareta Wahlström, UNISDR; Yukimoto Ito, Sendai City; Yasunobu Ishii, Nippon Foundation; and Kaoru Saito, Cabinet Office of Japan

CBM welcomes news that the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be inclusive of persons with disabilities. We have been part of the 'disability caucus' raising awareness that the current Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) does not sufficiently include disability, and we hope the final framework will reflect the accessibility and inclusiveness planned for the conference itself.

Hyogo Framework for Action

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Nippon Foundation have signed an agreement that will make the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), to be held  in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015, accessible and inclusive for persons with disabilities.

CBM welcomes this news. As part of the 'disability caucus', a collaboration of many international and national organisations, including Disabled Person's Organisations (DPOs), CBM has been raising awareness over recent years that the current Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) does not sufficiently include disability, and that persons with disabilities and their participation have been largely absent in policies and programmes so far. The post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (HFA 2) will be adopted during the 3rd World Conference on DRR.

Zero draft disability-inclusive

The current (October 2014) 'zero draft' of the post-2015 framework now includes several explicit references to persons with disabilities, and clear links are made with the post-2015 development agenda. Also included are references to disaggregation of data by age, gender and disability, the Principles of Universal Design and accessibility of information and communication. As well as being more 'at-risk', persons with disabilities are recognised as resources in building resilience.

CBM will continue to take part in the development of HFA 2, through to Sendai in March 2015, where we hope the final framework will reflect the accessibility and inclusiveness planned for the conference itself.

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