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EDF-IDDC joint statement on disability inclusive programming

The European Union (EU) and EU Member States, as State Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), have a responsibility to ensure that all their policies and programmes related to external action and international cooperation are inclusive of and accessible to persons with disabilities.

As the EU defines its priorities and programmes funding for external action through the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI), the EU has an obligation to ensure that women and men, girls and boys with disabilities are not left behind during the programming. With this joint statement we, the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) and the European Disability Forum (EDF), call on the EU to ensure that programming of the NDICI is disability-inclusive and compliant with the EU’s obligations under the CRPD.