MEPs asked to pledge their support for the inclusion of disabled people
21 May 2014
Ahead of the European Parliament elections this week, we've written to 90 leading MEP candidates asking them to pledge to champion the rights of people with disabilities and ensure their inclusion.
With around a billion disabled people across the globe, it will not be possible to achieve the EU’s development goals unless disabled people are fully included within all development programmes. As a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the EU has a responsibility to ensure that disability is comprehensively mainstreamed in all development cooperation.
The International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) European Elections Statement (PDF) calls on MEPs to pledge their support for inclusive development. IDDC members from across Europe, including Leonard Cheshire Disability, are asking their MEPs to sign the statement. So far the statement has been signed by nearly 70 MEPs or prospective MEP candidates, including 6 from the UK.