EU-CORD at the 1st Global Disability Summit

 In Influencing Change

The EU-CORD network is represented by its Director Ruth Faber at the first ever Global Disability Summit which will be held this July in London. As a network of Christian mainstream humanitarian and development NGOs with a commitment to disability inclusion, EU-CORD has signed the Charter for Change and has submitted its own commitments ahead of the summit. The summit and the charter highlight the process that has been made following the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – but there is still more to be done if we want to see transformative change.

EU-CORD Commitments:

  1. Through our members, to sensitise partners, faith leaders and other organisations to see where the intersection between faith and disabilities a positive or negative force in community attitudes and behaviours towards people with disabilities.
  2. As a network to work with and through IDDC to lobby for a European Union policy framework which is inclusive of persons with disabilities and coherent across different policy areas in external action in line with UN CRPD and 2030 Agenda commitments.
  3. To share learning and good practice within EU-CORD and in co-operation with inclusive education sector experts to promote disability inclusion in teacher training curricula.
  4. EU-CORD will advocate with policy-makers at different levels, especially with the European Union for just economic policies that take social and environmental considerations fully into account. We will monitor and signal how these policies work out, for the better or the worse, for marginalised people. We will contribute to policy making processes with constructive ideas about how to improve economic policy and practice to the benefit of all.
  5. To promote initiatives technologies and innovations which assist the participation of persons with disabilities in the family, community and economic life.
  6. EU-CORD will support the work of IDDC, advocating for the use of the Washington Group questions and to share learning on how these can be adopted internally in the network.
  7. To work with networks and alliances to ensure that intersectionality on gender and disability is better integrated in civil society positions, especially in relation to European Union development and humanitarian policy and practice.

EU-CORD is a signatory to the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action and will share good practice, learning and advocacy for more inclusive humanitarian aid with networks and alliances.

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