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Nothing about 1 billion persons with disabilities without the International Disability Alliance

2 July 2012: The International Disability Alliance (IDA) is the voice of 1 billion persons with disabilities in the world: IDA represents global and regional disabled people organizations worldwide. On the 1st of July 2012, the EDF President has become Chair of IDA, a position which he will have for the next two years; he will succeed Ms Diane Richler, former President of Inclusion International.


IDA is the umbrella network of global and regional disabled people's organizations (DPOs). The aim of IDA is to promote the effective and full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) worldwide through the active involvement of representative organizations of persons with disabilities.

Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the EDF and new Chair of IDA says: "Together with all member organizations around the world, IDA represents one billion people living with a disability. Thanks to its unique composition as a network of the foremost international disability rights organizations, IDA is now the unquestionable voice of persons with disabilities at the United Nations system and other international institutions. IDA is the voice of all those without voice, all those excluded from decision making, from political participation. We all need to feel that IDA represents them in the international political arena."


IDA is present in New York and Geneva to ensure the implementation of the CRPD and also brings the whole disability movement into the decision making process globally.

IDA develops important activities in the area of capacity building, support to national movements and political advocacy. This is done on the basis of full coordination and cooperation with all of its member organizations, represented in its Governing Body.

The strength of IDA is based on its wide and diverse membership, bringing together the different global disability constituencies, as well as regional organizations of people with disabilities.

The EDF President will bring the experience of the European movement to the global disability movement to represent all persons with disabilities and have a strong voice towards other global political, social and economic actors.

More information about IDA is available on its website:

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Source: Aurélien Daydé,European Disability Forum, Communication officer
When: 05/7/2012

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