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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16–23 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Disability Inclusion: Translating Policy into Practice in Humanitarian Action

A new report highlights the challenges facing about 6.7 million people with disabilities who are forcibly displaced around the world due to persecution, conflict and human rights violations.

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Disability no justification for denying people’s right to make their own decisions - UN experts

  • Recognizing legal capacity should not be dependent on ‘discriminatory mental capacity assessments’, says UN Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  • Accessibility is key for the enjoyment of human rights on an equal basis

GENEVA (22 April 2014) – People with disabilities have the same rights as everyone to make decisions about their lives, including the right to take risks and make mistakes, a UN committee has stressed in new guidelines on implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 8 – 15 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Disability and development: Eleventh Report of Session 2013–14

Prioritise disability in development work, warn MPs

MPs say development goals will remain out of reach unless DFID urgently steps up its work on disability.

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CAF y UNICEF unen esfuerzos por garantizar acceso al juego y el deporte a niños y adolescentes de América Latina y el Caribe

Trabajarán para fortalecer las políticas públicas que garanticen a los niños este derecho en sus municipios, tal y como recoge la Convención sobre los Derechos del Niño

CIUDAD DE PANAMÁ, 7 de abril de 2014 – El Banco de desarrollo de América Latina (CAF) y el Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia (UNICEF) firmaron un acuerdo para impulsar de manera conjunta su labor por garantizar el acceso al deporte a las niñas, niños y adolescentes de la región.

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Los movimientos antiminas y de derechos de discapacidad se comprometen a una cooperación más estrecha

Medellín y Ginebra el 4 de abril de 2014 - La conferencia global sobre la asistencia a las víctimas de las minas antipersonal en dominios más amplios, “Tendiendo Puentes entre Mundos” ha concluido en Medellín, Colombia, con un nuevo compromiso de los movimientos antiminas y de derechos de discapacidad, de estrechar sus lazos de colaboración.

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Anti-landmines and disability rights movements commit to closer cooperation

Medellin and Geneva 4 April 2014 – The global conference on assisting landmine victims in broader domains Bridges between Worlds has wrapped up in Medellin, Colombia with the commitment by the anti-landmines and disability rights movements to work closer together.

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Forced Migration Review 25th Anniversary collection

25 years of forced migration

Jeff Crisp

During the past 25 years, Forced Migration Review (FMR) has played a vital role in enabling researchers, practitioners and policymakers to exchange information and ideas on refugee-related issues. In this article, Jeff Crisp provides a personal (and alphabetical) perspective on some of the events, trends and organisations that FMR has covered over the past two and half decades.

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African Union: Experts discuss assistance for victims of mines and other explosive devices

Addis Ababa (ICRC) – The African Union Commission and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are holding a workshop this week to discuss and seek solutions to the challenges involved in providing assistance for people injured by landmines, cluster munitions or other explosive remnants of war. The event, which will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 4 to 6 March, will bring together senior officials from over 15 African States where significant numbers of people have suffered weapon-related injuries.

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Union africaine : des experts discutent de l’assistance à fournir aux victimes de mines et d’autres engins explosifs

Addis-Abeba (CICR) – La Commission de l’Union africaine et le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) tiennent un atelier cette semaine pour examiner les difficultés que pose la fourniture d’assistance aux personnes blessées par des mines terrestres, des sous-munitions ou d’autres restes explosifs de guerre, et chercher des solutions. L’événement, qui va se dérouler à Addis-Abeba (Éthiopie) du 4 au 6 mars, réunira des hauts fonctionnaires de plus de 15 États africains où un nombre important de personnes ont été blessées par ces types d’engins.

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Le Vice-Président colombien appelle à plus d’action en matière d’assistance aux victimes des mines antipersonnel

Genève le 4 mars 2014 – Le Vice-Président de la Colombie, Angelino Garzon Quintero, a appelé tous les États à participer à une conférence mondiale sur l'assistance aux victimes et survivants d’explosions de mines antipersonnel et d’autres restes explosives de guerre dans le contexte des droits des personnes handicapées et d'autres domaines nommés Bridges between Worlds / Tendiendo Puentes entre Mundos.

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Colombian Vice-President calls for action on landmine victim assistance

Geneva 4 March 2014 – The Vice-President of Colombia, Angelino Garzon Quintero, has called on all States to participate in Bridges between Worlds, a global conference on assisting landmine and other explosive remnants of war victims and survivors in the context of disability rights and other domains.

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El Vicepresidente de Colombia pide acción en el tema de asistencia a las víctimas de explosión de minas antipersonal

Ginebra 4 de marzo de 2014 – El Vicepresidente de Colombia, Angelino Garzón Quintero, ha instado a que todos los Estados participen en Tendiendo Puentes entre Mundos, una conferencia mundial sobre la asistencia a víctimas y sobrevivientes de explosiones de minas antipersonal y de otros restos explosivos de guerra en el marco de derechos de discapacidad y otros dominios.

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Thematic study on the right of persons with disabilities to education: Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (A/HRC/25/29)

Summary

The present study focuses on inclusive education as a means to realize the universal right to education, including for persons with disabilities. It analyses the relevant provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, highlights good practices and discusses challenges and strategies for the establishment of inclusive education systems.

I. Introduction

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Security Council issues presidential statement reaffirming commitment (S/PRST/2014/3) to protection of civilians in armed conflict

In a presidential statement, the Council reaffirmed that parties to armed conflict bore the primary responsibility to take “all feasible steps” to ensure the protection of affected civilians.

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African leaders commit to the rights of people with disabilities

UNICEF and Special Olympics Joint Press Release

LILONGWE, Malawi, 10 February 2014 – The rights of people living with disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities, received a boost today at the conclusion of the first ever African Leaders Forum on Disability, as government, civil society and development actors committed to challenge stigma and inequity by seeking their inclusion in the continent’s development agenda.

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Save the Children and UNICEF Receive $13.6 million from IKEA Soft Toy Campaign for Education Programs in Africa, Asia and Central and Eastern Europe

Thank You IKEA Customers and Co-workers! IKEA US Soft Toy Campaign Raised Over $1 Million

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WESTPORT, Conn. (Jan. 30, 2014) — IKEA customers and co-workers have partnered with the IKEA Foundation on a $13.6 million (€10.1 million) gift for UNICEF and Save the Children projects to help realize every child's right to a quality education.

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Five Key Examples of the Role of Mine Action in Integrating Victim Assistance into Broader Frameworks

Geneva – A new publication by the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention Implementation Support Unit launched 23 January in Geneva, highlights the supporting role that national demining authorities can play in integrating landmine victim assistance into broader approaches to healthcare, disability and human rights.

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DIPECHO in the Caribbean [Video]

10/01/2014 - This video, produced jointly by the consortium Plan-Oxfam-Habitat and funded by ECHO's disaster preparedness programme (DIPECHO) highlights the challenges that people with disabilities face in context of natural disasters. DIPECHO projects have an inclusive approach towards people with disabilities.

Since 1994, ECHO has allocated more than EUR 29 million to disaster preparedness actions in the Caribbean.