Study of disability in European Commission development cooperation

As a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), the EU has confirmed its commitment to take a strategic stand on disability, based on a vision which covers human rights, inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities. This vision recognizes that an equal society is an inclusive society, where reasons for exclusion are examined and addressed. It is also one which recognizes that disability is part of the human condition in every society. Disability is not therefore a specialized concern but a fundamental issue of universal human rights.

The global objective of the study was to improve the inclusion of persons with disabilities in EC development cooperation in order to promote their rights and contribute to the reduction of poverty and the achievement of the MDGs in line with the provisions of the UN Convention.

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