Joint EDF-IDDC statement on EU guidance note on disability inclusion in EU External Action
Disability Forum (EDF) and the International Disability
and Development Consortium (IDDC) have released a joint statement
welcoming the new European Union (EU) Guidance Note on “Leaving no one behind – Disability Inclusion
in EU External Action”.
The guidance note is an example of the EU’s increasing
efforts to promoting disability-inclusive development in policies and
programmes, ensuring that persons with disabilities are not left behind in EU
external action. We also praise the EU’s use of the OECD-DAC disability marker
to 100% of all its Overseas Development Assistance (ODA).
In joint EDF-IDDC statement, we call for the full
implementation of the Guidance note, which requires the investment
in training of EU staff working in EU external
action, the appointment of disability focal points in EU Delegations,
and strengthening the dialogue with OPDs.
Finally, we urge the EU to adopt an action plan
for its external action on promoting and respecting the rights of persons with