News 07.06.10
15th World Congress of Inclusion International
From 16 until 19 June 2010, the 15th World Congress of Inclusion International will take place in Ber-lin, Germany. Organising associations are Inclusion Europe externer Link and the German Lebenshilfe Association externer Link. The event’s motto is “Inclusion – Transforming Global Rights into Action” and it will focus on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its practical implementation.

Inclusion International is a global federation of family-based organizations that promotes the human rights of people with intellectual disabilities all over the world. It represents more than 200 member federations in 115 countries that are located across five different regions: the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, Africa and the Indian Ocean as well as the Americas and Asia Pacific. For 50 years, Inclusion International has made sure the voices of people with disabilities and their families are heard. The inclusion of people with disabilities into their communities as valued neighbours and citi-zens is a priority for Inclusion International externer Link.

Every four years, Inclusion International organizes a World Congress that focusses on a relevant theme for persons with intellectual disabilities. In 2006, 1,400 people from more than 57 countries attended the conference in Acapulco. The motto at that time was “Building an inclusive future – towards a global agenda for action”.

The programme of 2010’s World Congress reflects the issues that affect the lives of people with intellectual disabilities: School and education, living and working, young and old, healthy and ill – all these aspects form an integral part. More than 150 speakers in around 60 events will be offering guidance, basis for discussion and stimulus in shaping opinion.

Among the attendees are Ursula von der Leyen, the German Minister for Social Affairs, Jan Jarab, Regional Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum, Franz Wolfmayr, President of the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities and Johan ten Geuzendam, Head of Unit for the integration of people with disabilities at the European Commission.

BAG WfbM will also be present at the World Congress. At its exhibition stand, BAG WfbM will offer information on the work and activities of our association to the round 2,300 guests from 70 countries, who are expected to attend the event.

More information on externer Link

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