PRESS RELEASE: WORLD’S FASTEST PARALYMPIAN JOINS EFFORTS TO SPEED UP INCLUSION OF DISABILITY IN INTERNATIONAL AID

30 november 2016

Dóchas – The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations

 Wednesday 30th November 2016

 WORLD’S FASTEST PARALYMPIAN JOINS EFFORTS TO SPEED UP INCLUSION OF DISABILITY IN INTERNATIONAL AID

The world’s fastest Paralympian, Jason Smyth, is joining forces with Irish Development NGOs to help make international aid more inclusive of people with disabilities.

Following his success at the Rio Paralympics, the Irish five-time gold medallist will be the special guest at an event to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The reception, hosted by Dóchas’ Disability and International Development Working Group, will also celebrate the progress made by Irish Aid in working towards disability inclusive development.

The reception will bring together Development and Disability charities from across Ireland with public representatives, Irish Aid, and with exciting speakers from home and abroad, including Smyth, Ambrose Murangira from the Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD) and Sightsavers Ireland CEO, Catrina Sheridan.

Dóchas CEO Suzanne Keatinge said: “We are delighted to have Jason’s support in bringing people from across Ireland and beyond together as part of our ongoing campaigning to ensure disability is a central pillar of international aid.

“As we mark the tenth anniversary of the adoption of The UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), we should recognise and celebrate the progress that has been made in our journey towards greater inclusion of people with disabilities in global efforts to reduce poverty.

"Last year Ireland, through its Permanent Representative to the United Nations, led the successful negotiations which culminated in the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs). For the very first time people with disabilities were explicitly included in one of the most important global development frameworks of our time. We want Ireland to be a champion in ensuring the ambitious rhetoric of the SDGs is translated into action.

“We hope Ireland will continue to play a vital role, not just in terms of the delivery of its own aid programmes, but also by calling on the international community to make sure that people with disabilities in some of the world’s poorest countries are no longer left behind.”

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For further information, or if you would like to send media representation to the event, please contact Aideen Blackwood at comms@dochas.ie or 01-4053801.

 Notes for the Editor:

  • Dóchas is the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations. It provides a forum for consultation and cooperation between its members, and a platform for them to speak with a single voice on development issues. For more information, visit: www.dochas.ie

  • The Dóchas Disability & International Development Working Group (DIDWG) promotes the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities in developing countries by raising awareness, sharing expertise and promoting action on disability issues, including lobbying for change. 

  • Its members include CBM Ireland; Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway; Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin; Disability Federation of Ireland; Misean Cara; Oxfam; Plan International Ireland, Sightsavers Ireland and Trócaire. 

  • Further details on measures related to disability within the SDGs can be found at http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/2016/SDG-disability-indicators-march-2016.pdf

  • UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities is Saturday 3rd December 2016. Further details can be found at  http://www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/  

  • The reception is taking place at on Wednesday 30th November from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 

  • Ambrose Murangira from the Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD) (http://www.unadeaf.org/stay-informed/news-updates/item/49-ambrose), Sightsavers Ireland CEO Catrina Sheridan, and Dr Mary Keogh, Global Adviser on Disability and Gender Equality, CBM International will also speak at the event.