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World Disability Federation report

  1. 1. World Disability Symposium &WorkshopIstanbulMarch 4 - 6, 2011Report
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  4. 4. Abdullah GÜLPresident, Republic of Turkey 4
  5. 5. “Respect forinherent dignity,individual autonomyincluding thefreedom to makeones own choices,and independenceof persons” The Idea for a World Union of Organizations, Institutions, Real and Legal Persons working for Persons with Disabilities People with disabilities constitute the world’s largest minority group. This group has, until now, lacked a common forum to provide an environment for the exchange of ideas, technology, ideology, know-how and experience between the disability movements of developing and developed countries; coordination between local, national and regional disability groups; and direct advocacy for the rights of individuals with disabilities. We firmly believe that the unity of all local, national, regional and international Organizations of Persons with Disabilities which work for the promotion of the rights of Persons with Disabilities and base their activities on the principles of the United Nations and universal human rights is an indispensable condition for the realization of a human society devoid of physical and social disabling barriers against persons with impairments. Our idea is guided by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and UN World Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Persons. 5
  6. 6. “Full and effective participation and inclusion in society” The Idea for a World Union of Organizations, Institutions, Real and Legal Persons Working all together for Persons with DisabilitiesTo this end, 138 NGOs, Organizations, Institutions, and legal personsfrom 43 countries in addition to hundreds of individuals took the firststep towards the foundation of the World Disability Union at the WorldDisability Symposium and Workshop in Istanbul from March 4 to 6,2011, organized by the World Disability Foundation. • World Disability Foundation (WDF) is a national umbrella organization headquartered in Istanbul with the aim to spearhead the foundation of an international umbrella organization for NGOs for disabled persons and bring together the NGOs of the world. • WDF enshrines the values of Justice, Equal Opportunity, Compassion, Fraternity, Transparency, and Quality for all Humans and Beings. • Its maxim is "Servicing Humans for a Non-Disabled World of the Future". • WDF also undertakes many Enabling Projects including Universal Design, Eurasia Spinal Cord Care Center, Geriatric Care Center, Advanced Life Centre, Technical Medical Equipment Research and Generation Centers, Olympic Sports Complex Without Disabilities, World Handicapped Holiday Camp, Rehabilitation Center for Handicapped Animals. 6
  7. 7. “Respect fordifference andacceptance ofpersons withdisabilities as partof human diversityand humanity” Strength Through Diversity The World Disability Union will be based on a strong demographic and organizational structure. The main strengths of a world union are: First world union of its kind for persons with disabilities with a wide participation of NGOs, Organizations, Institutions, Legal and Real Persons from all corners of the world, Organized action not only for roughly 650 million humans living with a disability, but also for all humans who have the potential to become disabled, Organizational Cooperation and Development (Institutionalization), International and National Representative Role, Supervisory Role, Advocacy Role, Media Relations and Impact, Academic Responsibility, Implementation of non-disabled projects, Horizontal spread of information, rights and practices. 7
  8. 8. “Prevention of “Equality of Disability” opportunity” “Rehabilitation” “Accessibility” Incentive for All Disability Organizations to ParticipateWorld Disability Union is expected to become the single largestorganization for the collaboration of local NGOs, Organizations,Institutions, Legal persons of persons with disabilities and individualswith disabilities, and bridging the gap between different challenges andexpectations in different countries.NGOs from developed countries are postulated to benefit from a largescale collaboration due to the opportunities for systematic informationexchange, technology trade, demand for new markets for medical andtechnical products, promotion, qualified and inexpensive services,health and disability tourism, new investment fields, common challengesand social responsibility.NGOs from developing countries are expected to benefit from a worldunion due to the opportunity for achieving the ability to better connecttheir home states with the persons with disabilities, work towards theimplementation of disability rights and projects, and integrate with theworld. 8
  9. 9. “For a Barrier Free World” Agenda of the World Disability Symposium and WorkshopThe main topics discussed at the The following set of NGO criteria wereWorld Disability Symposium and decided at the symposium andWorkshop in Istanbul from March 4 to workshops:6, 2011 concerned the fundamentals ofthe new world union of NGOs •NGOs, Organizations, Institutions,scheduled to be founded in October Real and Legal Persons working in the2011. general categories of disability •Service AreasThe symposium saw discussions onthe details of an action plan to be •Prevention of Disabilityimplemented internationally and •Equal Opportunitiesnationally by member NGOs, •RehabilitationOrganizations, Institutions, Real and •AccessibilityLegal Persons; barrier-free projects, •Awarenessand finance models. •Social Security •Self-sufficiencyCountry reports were also presented •National and International Activitiesat the symposium by many NGOs •Sources of Financeregarding the status of persons with •Relation with internationaldisabilities in their home countries. A organizationsstark socio-economic difference was •Annual Budgetobserved between developed and •Organizational Structuredeveloping countries. •Registered/Recognized NGO in homeDisability Law was another theme countrydiscussed at the symposium. Theconcept of model regulations wasproposed to become a central goal ofthe Union. 9
  10. 10. Agreed Conclusions of the Symposium and Agreed Conclusions of the Symposium and WorkshopsThe following conclusions were decided by the participating NGOs whodisplayed an intention to become founding members of the WorldDisability Union:1. A new international Union will be formed by NGOs to join efforts and forces together and form a unique network of the disability movement from countries with different levels of institutional and technological development and different levels of participation in social and work life by persons with disability.2. The first General Assembly of the new international Union will be held on 3rd October 2011, to establish the Union.3. Revised texts of Draft By-Law and Regulations of the Union according to remarks and suggestions made during the Workshops will be sent to the Participants by April 30, 2011 with the aim of receiving further remarks and suggestions.4. Participants who wish to share their ideas and opinions on draft texts will send their edits and revisions until May 30, 2011.5. The English name of the Union will be changed, and a new name(s) will be recommended to participants. 10
  11. 11. A New Era for Advocacy of Disability RightsThe World Disability Union set out with the goal to serve all personswith disabilities as a truly global and democratic collaboration amongorganizations of persons with disabilities, to fully realize the goals of theglobal movement for the rights of persons with disabilities, and act asthe single largest international umbrella body representative of allpersons with disabilities.October 3, 2011 will be a milestone in the history of the disabilitymovement, and a step taken by all founding NGOs, Organizations,Institutions, and Real and Legal Persons towards an integrated and“enabled” world. 11
  12. 12. “Unity Makes Strength” 12
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