COMING UP – CSO Roundtable on 7 December – Safe mobility: high stakes for persons with disabilities in developing countries

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How could the European Union support accessibility and safe roads for the realization of SDG 11 – Objective 2?

Thursday 7 December 2017, 15:30 – 17:00, followed by a drink

 Location: Handicap International, Rue de l’Arbre Bénît 44, Bruxelles

(Metro Porte de Namur)

In the context of the Disability and Development Week initiated by the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), Handicap International is organizing a roundtable on the importance of improving road safety and the safe mobility of persons with disabilities, for the realization of sustainable development goals (SDGs) in developing countries. This event aims at raising awareness amongst European civil society actors, in diverse sectors

As one of the most discriminated groups, persons with disabilities, who represent 15% of the global population, must not be left behind, if we are serious about realizing sustainable, inclusive development and ensuring human rights.

Objective SDG 11.2 aims to “provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety , notably by expanding public transports, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situation, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons”, by 2030. This objective is to be matched with the rights of persons with disabilities, relating to mobility and to accessibility embedded in UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) art 20 and 9.

Safe mobility is not an end itself but a pivotal step to enable persons with disabilities to access services, such as health or education, access employment, or participate in social and cultural life. Therefore, by enhancing safe mobility, we increase the chances to realize other SDGs.

The EU has endorsed both the SDGs and the UNCRPD. The roundtable should address the adequacy of the policies and measures taken by the EU to implement SDG11.2.

Register to Laura Tsafack, Handicap International:

Our venue is accessible. Please indicate if you have special requirements.

Thus, the following questions should guide our discussion:

  • What is the situation regarding road safety, and mobility and accessibility for disabled persons in developing countries?
  • What policy initiatives have been taken to address the challenge of safe mobility in Europe and globally?
  • What about the EU’s own record in supporting safe mobility and accessibility for persons with disabilities in developing countries?
  • How mobilized and coordinated is civil society (Disabled Persons Organisations, victims associations, and NGOs) in the sectors of development, transport or road safety?
  • Where are the North-South policy dialogues on safe mobility?

Panel :

  • Blandine Bouniol / Handicap International / Deputy Director for Advocacy
  • Benjamin Dard / CBM / Global Advisor for Accessibility
  • Graziella Jost / European Transport Safety Council / Programme Director
  • Jeannot Mersch / European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR)/ President
  • David Curtis or Virak / Light for the World /  Cambodia country programme
  • Eric Remacle / Handicap International / Global Road Safety  Advisor
  • Marie Denninghaus / European Disability Forum  (EDF) / Transport and Mobility Officer
  • Mark Tant / Vias Institute (ex Belgian Institute for Road Safety BSRI) / CARA  Manager

Audience: IDDC members and partners, Disabled Persons Organisations, Victims associations, NGOs and European CSO networks in the sectors of development, transport, local governance, road safety, human rights