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26 October 2016, New York – European Union Intervention at the 71st United Nations General Assembly Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas-Agiullar

Thank you Madame Chair,

We would like to thank the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Ms. Devandas-Aguillar for yet again a well-prepared report, this time highlighting the importance of disability-inclusive policies.

Persons with disability face a wide range of barriers to their participation in society. The EU acknowledges that disability-inclusive policies are critical to removing those barriers and that such policies are a prerequisite and an important tool in the work of implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Furthermore, the EU agrees that it is of importance that disability-inclusive policies also focus on those most marginalized among persons with disabilities such as women, youth, older persons, indigenous peoples, persons with psychosocial disabilities, persons with intellectual disabilities, autistic persons and deaf-blind persons.

The EU remains committed to further advancing the development of disability-inclusive policies and programmes with a special focus on non-discrimination, accessibility and support service requirements. One example is the proposal of an EU Accessibility Act.

Developing disability-inclusive policies is a continuous process which requires a coherent and comprehensive approach and a long-term commitment.

The EU welcomes the recommendations on how to develop and implement disability-inclusive policies and will strongly support you in the work ahead.

The EU especially wants to highlight and ask for your views on the following areas.

First, the promotion of gender equality in disability-inclusive policies:

  • What is your assessment on current conditions to promote gender equality in disability-inclusive policies?

Second, the need to ensure the active involvement and participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the design, implementation and evaluation of all policies and programmes:

  • What would you say are the key aspects in the involvement and participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations?

Finally, the necessity of collaboration between states as well as within states and between different actors to succeed in developing and implementing disability-inclusive policies:

  • What could be done so that collaboration between different actors may improve?
  • Ref: EUUN16-161EN
  • EU source: European Union
  • UN forum: Third Committee - Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee
  • Date: 26/10/2016

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