From the 17-21 June 2017, IDDC attended the Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Malta.
This so called JPA brings together members of Parliament from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) and members of the European Parliament, to exchange views on various topics such as health, development aid and famine.
As a lack of awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities is still a reality for many ACP and EU Parliamentarians, IDDC set up an information stand to distribute publications and share our position on a number of important EU policy dossiers such as the future of the relations between ACP and EU, and the joint Africa – EU Strategy. Many parliamentarians from both EU and ACP were interested and took the opportunity to take our publications and exchange with us on our positions and on how they could support.
The IDDC EU Task Group also took the opportunity of this JPA to raise awareness on the need for follow-up on a 2011 resolution on the rights of persons with disabilities. Despite the strong content of this resolution and the monitoring and reporting commitment it contains, there has not been many action until now. IDDC exchanged on possible follow-up actions with a limited number of interested Parliamentarians and as a result a discussion on this resolution will feature at the agenda of the next JPA committee meeting in October.
Despite these good results, much still remains to be done and IDDC will continue to use opportunities such as the ACP – EU JPA to raise awareness with members of Parliament and to request for specific follow-up actions.