European Development Days 201504 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.

EDF Annual General Assembly01 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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Rare Diseases International28 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.

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