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COE: Deputy Secretary General message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction 13 October 2013

In her statement for the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe highlights the Council of Europe's work in promoting the perception of persons with disabilities as holding the same rights as all other citizens and in advocating the needs of people with disabilities primarily through its Disability Action Plan 2006-2015, and through the 'European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement' (EUR-OPA) in which guidance on a more operative practice with vulnerable groups — including people with disabilities — is developed.

She announces the publication of a report on measures to include people with disabilities in disaster preparedness and response, analysing legislation, policies and practices in Council of Europe member States. The report will be presented during a workshop organised by EUR-OPA on 22 and 23 October 2013 in Paris, during which policy makers and representatives of national governments and local authorities, international organizations and associations working for the protection of persons with disabilities in disaster risk reduction will discuss the document and develop proposals for the implementation of its recommendations.

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  • Themes:Governance, Vulnerable Populations
  • Countries/Regions:Europe

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/35119

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