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Dear Friends, Colleagues,
Dear Madam, Sir
We are pleased to invite you to participate in our
EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON DISABILITY & DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Impact and Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in Developing Countries
Monday 20 November and Tuesday 21 November 2006
Committee of the Regions
Rue Belliard 101, 1040 Brussels
Conference languages: English & French
The aim of the Conference is to bring together EU actors, from Government, EU institutions, organizations of persons with disabilities and development NGOs to discuss the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It will examine how the Convention can have a positive effect on promoting inclusive development cooperation policies across the EU and impact to improve the lives of persons with disabilities in developing countries.
It is intended also to provide a forum for exchange between key actors with experience of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on Elimination of Inequalities against Women.
This Conference is an opportunity to learn about the practical experience from the field on implementing inclusive development and rights based approaches to development.
The Conference will also explore the connections between gender and disability. There will be a specific workshop on learning from the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
Attached you find a draft agenda and a registration form for this Conference, as well as hotel information. We advise you to book your accommodation as soon possible.
Please register on line or return your registration form to Isabelle Wahedova by the 10th November 2006 at the latest.
This Conference is being organised by CBM (CBM Germany) and LIGHT FOR THE WORLD (Austria), and is part of the IDDC project 'Breaking the cycle of poverty and disability in Development Cooperation', supported by DG Employment and Social Affairs of the European Commission, and implemented in partnership with AIFO (Italy), Handicap International (France, Luxembourg), DCDD (Netherlands), eRko (Slovakia), Healthlink (UK), PHOS (Belgium), SHIA (Sweden), DPI (Italia), Groupement Français des Personnes Handicapées (France), National Disability Council of the Netherlands (Netherlands).
For further information please contact: Isabelle Wahedova, Project Coordinator, tel.: +32 2 275 09 92, fax:+322 275 0093 email: isabelle.wahedova[at]light-for-the-world[dot]net