responses from the United Nations Secretary General to an open letter

Hanne Aikema May 14, 2020 300 keer bekeken 0 comments

Here you find the responses from the United Nations Secretary General to the open letter to the United Nations and the World Health Organisation calling for the UN and its agencies to make their daily briefings and any supporting documents on COVID-19 fully accessible to persons with disabilities.

Dear all,

On Monday 27th April, the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) issued an open letter to the United Nations and the World Health Organisation calling for the UN and its agencies to make their daily briefings and any supporting documents on COVID-19 fully accessible to persons with disabilities.

Today (Tuesday 12th May), we received responses from the United Nations Secretary General:

· Read the response to IDA

· Read the response to IDDC

The main points of the letter are as follows:

1.     The United Nations COVID-19 Response and Recovery Multi-Partner Trust Fund has been established to directly support certain groups including persons with disabilities. It is envisaged that persons with disabilities will be systematically included through the various pillars of the Framework. Under-Secretary-General Menéndez and her team are coordinating with the Trust Fund to ensure that persons with disabilities are meaningfully addressed in the response, and to support greater collection of data disaggregated by disability on the socioeconomic impact of the pandemic.

2.     This month, UN entities will be reporting on their implementation of the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy, including on indicators regarding accessibility and communications. The Secretary-General has requested entities to provide information in their reports on disability-inclusive actions undertaken and planned related to the COVID-19 response and recovery

3.     The UN will produce in accessible e-Pub the eight COVID-19 policy briefs which the Secretary-General has launched

4.     The policy brief on COVID-19 and persons with disabilities is available in accessible ePub and easy-to-read formats, and a video of the Executive Summary has been produced in International Sign. 

5.     WHO press briefings are now live captioned, and the transcripts are being produced in an accessible format as of 1 May.

Please feel free to use these messages, points and the letters in your advocacy!

More information on our accessibility campaign can be found here

Regards,

IDA-IDDC COVID19 Task Team

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