Mark Wheatley, EUD Executive Director was one of the moderators at yesterday’s high-level conference on ‘New Challenges in the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020’ in Budapest. It was organised by the Hungarian Trio Presidency and gathered important stakeholders from the European Parliament, the European Commission, and national ministries but also representatives from Non Governmental Organisations, such as the European Union of the Deaf and the European Disability Forum. Mark Wheatley had the honour of moderating the first two sessions of the conference. Among the prominent speakers were Dr Miklós Réthelyi, the Minister of National Resources in Hungary and Jean-Marc Delizée, the Belgian Secretary of State for Social Affairs.
After an introduction on strategies how to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) within the Trio Presidency and at national level, the conference focussed on the three main flagship initiatives that are directly related to the UNCRPD: improvement of employment opportunities, creating inclusive education, and combating poverty. The final session featured representatives from the upcoming Trio Presidency highlighting the importance of continuing the previous work of Belgium, Spain, and now Hungary.
EUD welcome the opportunity to have chaired such an important meeting and having made sign language and Deaf issues more visible at European level.
A more detailed report can be downloaded here.