Australian Red Cross joined its international counterparts yesterday to pass unanimously a Disability Inclusion resolution that makes it a priority for the international Red Cross Red Crescent Movement to uphold the rights of people with disabilities. The resolution was passed by delegates from 187 countries at the 2013 Statutory Meetings being held in Sydney this week.
"Promoting disability inclusion in the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is an important outcome of this week's Statutory Meetings," said Australian Red Cross CEO, Mr Robert Tickner.
"The International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has committed to do what it can to actively ensure the participation of people with disabilities, to remove barriers and create enabling environments, and to work to prevent disability."
"Importantly, the resolution calls on the Movement to work with governments, including through humanitarian diplomacy and by implementing instruments of international law, to address disability based discrimination, change perceptions and combat prejudice and discrimination," said Mr Tickner.
The Red Cross Red Crescent Statutory Meetings close today. After a week-long series of discussions, the meetings have set in place the next four years of humanitarian action for the Red Cross and Red Crescent around the world.