01 June 2015 // On 30-31 May 2015, the EDF Annual General Assembly in Warsaw gathered representatives from the disability movement from all over Europe together with representatives of European institutions, including the European Commission, the European Ombudsman, and the Agency for Fundamental Rights, and Polish authorities. The AGA hosted an active debate on the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities in Europe and its member states. EDF and its members also adopted a resolution calling for the establishment of a Directorate for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the EU, and a resolution calling on the EU to ratify the Marrakesh treaty immediately, to improve access to information for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled.
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28 May 2015 // Over 60 patient representatives from 30 countries were gathered in Madrid, Spain at the EURORDIS Membership Meeting Madrid 2015. During the meeting the inauguration of Rare Diseases International (RDI) took place and a joint declaration was adopted to advocate for rare diseases as an international public health priority. RDI represents patients and families of all nationalities across all rare diseases. It will be the voice of all people living with a rare disease around the world today and will work to give visibility to rare diseases in the global health agenda. IF is a full member of EURORDIS since 2013 and will now apply for RDI membership. IF fully supports the principles of the joint declaration, which includes prevention and the right to health, two of IF's strategic objectives.
27 May 2015 // Launched in September 2010 by the UN Secretary-General, the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health has contributed to significant progress worldwide for women’s and children’s survival and health. An updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health will build on new evidence, including the need to focus on critical population groups such as newborns, adolescents and those living in fragile and conflict settings, build the resilience of health systems, improve the quality of health services and equity in their coverage, and work with health-enhancing sectors on issues such as women’s empowerment, education, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene.