26 June 2015 // On the fifth edition of its Institutional Awards ceremony, which took place on June 20 in Madrid, the Spanish Federation of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Associations, FEBHI, rewarded IF with its "Lifetime Achievement Award". IF has received the award for its relevant and ongoing activities for the promotion, development and advancement of projects that support and improve the inclusion of people with disabilities. Through this award, FEBHI recognizes the ongoing work of IF with regard to the empowerment and independence of people with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus since it was founded in 1979. FEBHI also recommends IF for its commitment to projects in developing countries and its role in the protection of the human rights of persons with disabilities.
24 June 2015 // The Access City Award 2016, the European prize for accessible cities, is now open for applications. European cities with over 50.000 inhabitants can submit their ideas, projects and strategies for the sixth edition of this award, organised by the European Commission. The aim is to celebrate cities for their efforts to facilitate the access for people with limited mobility to public areas, housing, children's playgrounds, public transport and communication technologies. In line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, accessibility is one of the pillars of the European Union's Disability Strategy 2010-2020 which aims at creating a barrier-free Europe for all. The deadline for applications is 10 September 2015, and the selection process has two stages, first at national level and then followed by the European selection. Rules, guidance and instructions to apply are available in all official EU languages.
04 June 2015 // The 2015 edition of the European Development Days (EDD15), Europe`s largest forum on global cooperation and development, takes place during the 3rd and 4th of June in Brussels. This year, participants will address issues such as the conditions for creating sustainable growth, the promotion of universal and fundamental rights, and how greater cooperation among all actors can help to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. EDD15`s theme is "Our World, our dignity, our future" and more than 5.000 delegates from 140 countries will participate. The programme also includes more than 130 sessions on 12 topics, including human rights, trade, climate change, new ideas for development, inclusion and equality. Jean- Claude Juncker, European Commission President, Sam Kutesa, President of the 69th United Nations Assembly, and several commissioners related to cooperation and development, will attend. The agenda includes several sessions with a focus on the right to health, right to life and sustainable healthcare, three key aspects shared by IF`s work.