It is estimated that globally 15% of people have a disability, a proportion which is likely to sharply rise in humanitarian crises. Yet, delivering assistance and protection to people with disabilities in humanitarian settings continue to be insufficiently adapted. In order to highlight the importance of disability inclusion in humanitarian action, the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) has partnered with the European Disability Forum, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and Humanity & Inclusion to present a lab debate on the topic of “Making Inclusion in Humanitarian Settings a Reality” during the European Development Days (EDDs).
The event will feature a keynote speech by Commissioner Christos Stylianides, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ms. Monique Pariat, Director General of ECHO. The speakers include Mr. Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum, Ms. Satu Santala, Director General of the Department for Development Policy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Ms. Sien Andries, Inclusive Humanitarian Action Specialist at Humanity & Inclusion, and Mr. Mohamad Jolo, who will be giving a personal account about the challenges associated with navigating a humanitarian emergency with a disability.
The event will also mark the launch of ECHO’s new guidelines, “The Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in EU-funded Humanitarian Aid Operations”. The objectives of the guidelines are to foster disability inclusion, and to ensure that the needs of disable people are factored into the design, implementation and monitoring of EU-funded humanitarian projects.
The EDDs are a two-day event organised by the European Commission which brings the development community together to share ideas and experiences on a range of topics. This year’s theme is "Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind".
Venue: Tour & Taxis (room D5), Avenue du port 86C, Brussels