“Dialogue: World Report on Disability” at the European Parliament
MEP Ádám Kósa hosted an important conference entitled “Dialogue: World Report on Disability” at the European Parliament.
The WHO (World Health Organization) World Report on Disability, which is the first of its kind, was presented by representatives of the World Bank and the World Health Organization European Office. It approaches the situation of over a billion of people with disabilities in the world (15% of the world population). The aim of this conference was to introduce a dialogue between civil society and stakeholders. The report itself contains a large number of evidence and data regarding the situation of people with disabilities: access to education, employment, services, health, transport, and information.
The report shows a paradigm shift defining disability on the basis of interaction between people with disabilities and their environment. However, as Mr. Javier Guëmes, acting director of the European Disability Forum, stated, the report does not provide sufficient information on how society could remove barriers faced by people with disabilities.
Lars Bosselmans, advocacy manager at CBM, stated that awareness raising in most of developing countries’ governments should be a priority to ensure that the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is implemented in national policies.
László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, highlighted the role of the EU as a world leader for the implementation of disability issues in its European level policies such as the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020.
Therefore, as MEP Ádám Kósa said, partnership between the European Union, its Member States, the developing countries, and a strong disability movement should be enhanced in the next years. To conclude, he stated that “disability is a global and universal issue“.
The full World Report on Disability in PDF format available online here.