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Bridging the Gap: European commitment for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the development agenda

Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development: “Through Bridging the Gap, the European Union is not only promoting the rights and the potential of people with disabilities, but building a better world for all”

In the context of the European Disability and Development Week (EDDW), the European project Bridging the Gap-Inclusive policies and services for equal rights of persons with disabilities, was launched on December 5th in Brussels in a high-level meeting introduced by the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, who presented Bridging the Gap as a “ground- breaking project” which will address the common challenges “in finding ways to improve our practices, shift our mind-sets and actions in order to ensure the full rights and participation of all women, men and children with disabilities, in all aspects of daily life”. “A society which empowers, promotes and protects Human Rights and does not leave no one behind – Commissioner Mimica claimed – is a stronger, more stable, more successful society for all”. (pg.1)

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