Of the global population, 15% have a disability. In humanitarian settings the percentage is oftentimes higher. In November 2019, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee launched a new set of guidelines which set out essential actions that humanitarian actors must take in order to effectively identify and respond to the needs and rights of persons with disabilities who are most at risk of being left behind in humanitarian settings.
With an increasing number of persons fleeing from crises, conflicts and natural disasters, more and more persons are dependent on emergency aid. Too often, persons with disabilities do not have their needs met in humanitarian actions. The Covid-19 crisis has further compounded this situation, disproportionately impacting persons with disabilities both directly and indirectly.
The Launch (in English with closed captioning and sign language interpretation):
10:00 Welcome by Thorkild Olesen, chair of Disabled People's Organisations Denmark,
10:05 Statement by the Danish Minister of Development Cooperation, Rasmus Prehn shares
10:10 Brief dialogue between Thorkild and the Minister.
10:15 Introduction to the Guidelines by Christian Modino Hok, Humanitarian Director at CBM and co-chair of the Reference Group on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action
10:25 The use of the Guidelines in practice
Charlotte Slente, Secretary General at Danish Refugee Council
10:35 Q&A from and Danish organisations of persons with disabilities and from the audience
10:55 Closing by Disabled People's Organisations Denmark
Find the IASC guidelines here: https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/iasc-task-team-inclusion-persons-disabilities-humanitarian-action/documents/iasc-guidelines