The hustle and bustle of the much anticipated first World Humanitarian Summit which was held on May 23-24, 2016 in Istanbul Turkey is over. It is said that in 70 years of the United Nations (UN) this is the first time over 9000 participants including 55 Heads of State of Government, have gathered together to acknowledge the grave importance of not only addressing conflict and humanitarian crises, but also to try to address their root causes. Over the 2 days of the World Humanitarian Summit, different discussions was being held simultaneously, from high-level political meeting, public caucus and side events all at once.
5 core principles among other topics were discussed. Among these high profile topics, disability in humanitarian response gained a lot of attention and support at the Summit. Disability-inclusive DRR Network (DiDRRN) members CBM and Handicap International with UNISDR, co-organise the Special Session and Side Event of the disability caucus in humanitarian
In the Special Session "Inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action" held on 23 May, the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action was launched. The Charter was consulted and drafted by over 70 stakeholders from different countries, UN agencies, the international civil society community and global, regional and national organisations of persons with disabilities. DiDRRN members played important role in drafting and developing the Charter, putting their heads together with IDA, Human Rights Watch and Women’s Refugee Commission to develop the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. During the launched of the Charter the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon said that “Together we launched a ground-breaking charter that places people with disabilities at the heart of humanitarian decision-making.”
The Charter highlighted 5 principles:
1. Humanitarian action must be inclusive for persons with disabilities without discrimination in accessing response and meet their essential needs.
2. Ensuring the involvement of persons with disabilities in humanitarian planning and developing humanitarian program.
3. Ensuring accessible Humanitarian assistance available for persons with disabilities.
4. Inclusive global policies implementation.
5. To build better cooperation and coordination among multi-level stakeholders and humanitarian actors.
The Charter underlines the importance of ensuring inclusion in all aspects of humanitarian action to development, and a recognition of the necessity of having persons with disabilities actively involved in inclusive humanitarian action planning. DiDRRN endorse this Charter (http://humanitariandisabilitycharter.org ) and nearly 100 governments, aid agencies and other stakeholders also signing the Charter. Expectations will be high in the coming years to ensure inclusion in humanitarian impartial to disabilities.
Article provided by: Anggiasari Puji Aryati
Communication Coordinator DiDRRN