The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies Joins Global Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities to Submit Official Statement at UN Global Platform on Disaster Risk ReductionMay 22, 2017 -- Posted by :
Left: Gathering of 26 disability leaders from across the globe assembled at the United Nations Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, MX.Photo shows a diverse group of people, many with visible disabilities. The group also includes a representative joining by robot from Bangladesh.
Right: Marcie Roth announces the winners of the Sasakawa Award at the United Nations Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, MX on 5/25/17.
Official Statement from the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities
Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
22-26 May 2017
Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thank you for the opportunity to present the official statement on behalf of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities represented by the disability-inclusive DRR networks for Asia and the Pacific and the Latin America and the Caribbean as well as other organisations and individuals working on the inclusion of persons with disabilities.
The Sendai Framework recognises that not only are persons with disabilities disproportionately affected by disasters, but – crucially – that their knowledge and leadership skills are essential for building resilient, inclusive and equitable societies.
Globally, over 1 billion people live with some form of disability1. What happens to them has a direct impact not only on them but on the rest of the society, especially their families and communities.
Despite the commitments and notable progress made by the governments and other key stakeholders, major gaps continue to prevail. This relates mainly to the lack of disability disaggregated data, indicators for assessing the implementation of the Sendai Framework and the presence of environmental, communication and institutional barriers, as a direct impact of which persons with disabilities are two to four times more likely to get injured or die in case of a disaster2.
The disability stakeholders acknowledge the fruitful collaboration between local governments, persons with disabilities and organisations of persons with disabilities for the realisation of disability-inclusive DRR with meaningful actions. These include capacity building for key actors, disability-inclusive DRR plans at local levels and safety information in accessible formats among others in countries including Bangladesh, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Japan, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, US, Vietnam.
We have reached important commitments such as the Dhaka Declaration – a milestone for disability-inclusive DRR, meaningful participation in Sendai, and contribution to DRR regional platforms and regional plans for implementation of the Sendai Framework. These strengthen our commitment to continue working closely with governments and other mainstream actors to achieve the Sendai targets.
At the same time, in line with the UNCRPD and the SDGs, we call on the member States to introduce accessibility protocols ensuring effective and appropriate participation of persons with disabilities and their families leaving no one behind.
And lastly, this is a call for strong action for all of us to transform the commitments made in Sendai into truly inclusive actions at all levels, as inclusion saves lives and is key to resilience!
Supported by the Disability Stakeholder Group (organisations and individuals working on the inclusion of persons with disabilities):
- Disability-inclusive DRR network (DiDRRN) for Asia and the Pacific: Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e.V. (ASB), CBM, Center for Disability in Development (CDD), Handicap International (HI), Malteser International (MI), Pacific Disability Forum (PDF), South Asian Disability Forum (SADF)
- Disability-inclusive DRR network for Latin America and the Caribbean (Red GIRDD-LAC): Secretaria de Reducción de Riesgos de la República de Ecuador, ASB, Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization PAHO / WHO, ONG Inclusiva, UNISDR, RIADIS (American Network of Persons with Disabilities and its Families)
- The Nippon Foundation
- Rehabilitation International
- International Disability Alliance (IDA)
- Disability Rights Fund (DRF)
- Norwegian Association of the Disabled (NAD)
- Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies
- International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)
- Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP)
1 World Health Organization & World Bank, World Report on Disability (Geneva, 2011)
2 UNESCAP (2015). Disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction. Note by the Secretariat E/ESCAP/CDR(4)/INF/4
Final V. 15.05.2017