Brussels 19 May 2016 // 9 - 12 May 2016, IF Secretary General Lieven Bauwens joined Child-Help director Pierre Mertens for a mission to Ethiopia. Partnering with CURE International, BethanyKids and the Reach Another Foundation, IF and Child-Help want to contribute to better care in the country and to help prevent birth defects by primary prevention.
Brussels 17 May 2016// IF attended the hearing on the Concluding observations of the UN CRPD Committee to the EU - A new strategy for persons with disabilities in the European Union" on 17 May 2016.
Brussels 13 may 2016 // Finland ratifies the Convention and the Optional Protocol on 11 May 2016, bringing the total number of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to 164 and total ratification of the Optional Protocol to 89.The Convention and its Optional Protocol will thus enter into force for Finland on 10 June 2016. At European level, to date, the CRDP has been ratified by almost all the 29 Member States, the only exceptions are Ireland and The Netherlands (which has signed but not yet ratified), and the European Union itself.