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The World Bank Safeguards and Disability Expert Meeting on the Management of Social Risk

World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC

March 19, 2015

As part of the World Bank Safeguards Review process, Disabled People’s International (DPI) participated in the Expert Meeting on the Management of Social Risk. The meeting included representatives of US based organizations and international organizations working on issues of vulnerable groups.

DPI was represented by its Arab Regional Office Executive Director, Mr. Mohammed Loutfy who is also the co-founder of the World Bank Safeguards and Disability Campaign, an effort started by the Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union (LPHU) and the Bank Information Center (BIC) to ensure the integration of disability into the World Bank’s Safeguards Policy. The Campaign has been a very successful initiative that has resulted into cultivating a welcoming environment at the World Bank towards adopting the principles of inclusion and accessibility into the Safeguards' Environmental and Social Assessment Standards and its annexes.

At the meeting, Loutfy made the following remarks:

- The need to ensure quality compliance with standards of accessibility and inclusion throughout World Bank Operations for the Safeguards Policy i.e. project investment financing.

- The need for integrating the CRPD within the Safeguards' preamble as one of the main legal references, to which the Bank would comply to.

- The need for the Bank to explicitly adopt Universal Design and universal accessibility standards.

- The Bank should ensure inclusive community engagement especially with groups of persons with disabilities primarily in the Global South which would be systematically integrated in the consultation process throughout all project cycles.

Towards the end of the meeting, the World Bank representatives showed a significant interest in Loutfy's comments. They assured that disability is going to be one of the major issues to be integrated in the Bank's Safeguards Policy. Furthermore, all relevant policy documents and suggestions that were previously submitted by the Campaign will be considered throughout the next drafting phase.

For any questions regarding the World Bank Safeguards Review process, please write to Mr. Mohammed Loutfy at loutfy.lphu@gmail.com or to the DPI Chairperson's Office at secretariat.dpi@gmail.com

Chairperson's Office

Disabled People's International (DPI)

C-43, South Extension Part II

New Delhi - 110 049, India

Tel.: 91-11-26265647 / 26265648

Fax: 91-11-26265649

Website: www.dpi.org


DrawDisability is a global campaign launched by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), in partnership with the Global Observatory for Inclusion (GLOBI) and the United Nations Global Education First Initiative Youth Advocacy Group (GEFI-YAG).

The campaign has two main goals:

-to encourage dialogue and raise awareness on disability and related issues among teachers and students within educational environments

-to create a global art project focused on disability

Schools from all over the planet will be encouraged to get involved in the project. Teachers will receive guidelines containing information about disability and inclusion, and will be invited to promote critical reflections and awareness on disability within the classroom. Children with and without disabilities will then be encouraged to #DrawDisability. Drawings will portray their understanding and feelings towards disability and related issues, such as accessibility, inclusion and discrimination. The best drawings will be showcased at the World Education Forum in May 2015 in Incheon, South Korea, and the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP-CRPD) in June 2015 New York, USA.

Download the full description of the project

DrawDisability – Guidelines for Teachers

More information http://www.globi-observatory.org/drawdisability/

The Pacific Rim International Conference

Pacific Rim 2015

The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

Essential Definitions

Deep—of penetrating intellect, extending far from some surface or area, characterized by profundity of feeling or quality

Impact—the force exerted by a new idea, concept, technology, or ideology the force of impression of one thing on another; a significant or major effect

The 2015 conference theme is Deep Impact. Recognizing our shared responsibility, how can we strengthen the positive impact we already have on our communities, regions, and countries and in the world? By attending the conference, you will be part of a wide network of individuals and communities who strive to make a positive difference in the world for our hundreds of millions of fellow human beings who just want a shot at living to their own full potential. Be there and share your brilliance with the world.


Take your first steps to the islands by submitting a call for proposal. We welcome your ideas, suggestions and enthusiasm. Then join us in Waikiki, Hawaii, May 18 & 19, 2015.

The Pacific Rim International Conference, considered one of the most ‘diverse gatherings’ in the world, encourages and respects voices from “diverse” perspective across numerous areas, including: voices from persons representing all disability areas; experiences of family members and supporters across all disability and diversity areas; responsiveness to diverse cultural and language differences; evidence of researchers and academics studying diversity and disability; stories of persons providing powerful lessons; examples of program providers, and; action plans to meet human and social needs in a globalized world.

In 2015, new topic areas will promote thoughtful discussion and suggest new ways to integrate education, technology, advocacy, activism and interdisciplinary research. We all strive to strengthen communities and enhance the lives of all human beings. Together, we can harness the tremendous synergy generated by the intermingling and cross-fertilization of diverse perspectives, and ‘spread the word’ as we continue our professional and personal life journey.

Read more http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/

Warm Regards,

Conference Team

Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii

(808) 956-8816


Disabled rejoice over BTS ruling

Thailand Disabilities Network

Skytrain stations to get lifts, special carriages

People with disabilities who have fought for better facilities at Skytrain stations and on trains yesterday rejoiced as the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) handed down a ruling in their favour

The Supreme Administrative Court reversed a lower court's ruling and ordered City Hall to install lifts at all 23 Skytrain stations, or BTS, within one year to help people with disabilities. Lifts are...

he ruling was hailed as a major victory, particularly after the Central Administrative Court in 2009 threw out the group's petition, which demanded city officials add more lifts, following years of being..

The lower court was aware of the Interior Ministry's law on facilities for disabled people, which took effect in 1999, but it said it could not compel City Hall to comply because it had already approved...

However, a group of disabled people led by Suporntum Monkolsawadi said the ruling was based upon an unfair technicality, and insisted on the need for better access to transport. They appealed the verdict,...

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Deep Condelences to Mr.Bounviene


We are saddened to report the death of Mr.Bounviene, president of Lao Disabled People's Association.

Many of you have met him at some events in the last several years and some of you might know how close disability movement in Lao People's Democratic Republic was to him. Mr.Bounviene, passed away on 30th December 2014. He's been sick for weeks before his death.

On behalf of Disabled Peoples' International Asia-Pacific Region. We thank God and Bounviene’s family for such a wonderful gift to the disability rights in Lao People's Democratic Republic and beyond.

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