New charter for Persons With Disabilities endorsed at UN Humanitarian Summit

May 25, 2016 16:11 IST

A New charter for Persons With Disabilities was on 24 May 2016 endorsed at the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey.

This new charter is aimed at improving the living conditions of persons with disabilities during emergencies.

Five Principles of humanitarian actions

The Charter urges government representatives as well as leaders of non-governmental organizations to ensure that their future humanitarian actions will be inclusive of people with disabilities, based on five principles:
• Non-discrimination and recognition of the diversity of people with disabilities;
• Involvement of people with disabilities in developing humanitarian programs;
• Ensuring services and humanitarian assistance are equally available for and accessible to all people with disabilities;
• Implementation of inclusive global policies; and
• Cooperation and coordination among humanitarian actors to improve inclusion of people with disabilities.

What does the Charter call for?

Non-discrimination: Condemn and eliminate all forms of discrimination against persons with disabilities in humanitarian programming and policy by guaranteeing protection.

Participation: Promote meaningful involvement of persons with disabilities in the needs assessment, design, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian preparedness.

Inclusive policy: Engage with all relevant States, other stakeholders and partners to ensure protection for persons with disabilities as required by international law.

Inclusive response and services: Ensure that emergency and preparedness planning are designed to take into account the diverse needs of persons with disabilities.

Cooperation and coordination: Foster technical cooperation and coordination among authorities and all humanitarian actors and representative organisations of persons with disabilities.

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