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2014

Nairobi, Kenya, 8 March 2014 – A conference hosted by the International Disability Alliance (IDA) to deepen dialogue between national, regional and global organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) concluded in Nairobi, Kenya today. At the end of the three-day event, participants from 14 organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) from Africa, in the presence of high-level governmental representatives and UN agencies, adopted the Nairobi Declaration. The Declaration contains the priorities of the African continent within the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

The conference facilitated the strengthening of the unity of persons with disabilities in Africa and provided an excellent platform for all to discuss the challenges that persons with disabilities encounter. There was a consensus among participants that advocacy efforts need to be intensified and the rights of persons with disabilities mainstreamed at national and international levels, including among intergovernmental bodies and development cooperation agencies operating in African countries.

The post-2015 development agenda must aim to change the unacceptable realities that persons with disabilities encounter. The Nairobi Declaration embodies the unified voice of persons with disabilities in Africa and is a clear representation of what persons with disabilities want reflected in the post-2015 development agenda.

The Nairobi Declaration calls on Member States to prioritise persons with disabilities when designing the future post-2015 development goals and place a particular emphasis on cross-disability issues, accessibility, the empowerment of women and girls with disabilities, and the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in decision-making processes leading to inclusive policies and programmes.

Yannis Vardakastanis, IDA Chair, commended the adoption of the Nairobi Declaration as an historic moment and expressed gratitude for the contributions received at the conference. He encourages continued future collaboration with all stakeholders present at the conference in order to ensure that persons with disabilities remain visible, understood, and included in all phases of the development agenda-setting process. In addition, he stated IDA’s commitment to promote the visibility of the Nairobi Declaration among UN Member States and to advocate for the inclusion of the recommendations of the Nairobi Declaration in the post-2015 development agenda. Persons with disabilities must never be left behind again.

Honourable Minister Samuel Kazungu Kambi from Kenya delivered closing remarks about the conference. He expressed support for the Nairobi Declaration and committed to promoting it within the Eastern African Community and the African Union. 

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