Political work

15 Aug 2014

The disabled population in Norwegian aid and development work

Norway ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on June 3rd 2013.

The ratification implicate that all Norwegian international development cooperation must treat the disabled as equals to other groups, and actively include disability rights.

Norway has committed itself to follow up the Convention in a separate policy document and has identified four main areas:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Gender equality
  • Humanitarian work

The Atlas Alliance works to ensure that Norwegian authorities will follow through with these commitments, for disability rights to be taken into account in all international efforts that Norway supports.


Working with international rights

Everything that happens globally, whether it’s poverty reduction strategies, climate change, arms trafficking, corruption or debt, all these issues also affects the disabled.

In order to influence the major decisions taken in the UN and other important arenas, it is useful to work together with others in a global community. The Atlas Alliance is therefore engaged in global networks that works to influence UN.

An example of such a network is the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC). We aim to include disability rights work within the new development and sustainability goals (Post 2015).

We also cooperate with other organizations representing the disable population in other Nordic countries. Together we can affect Nordic development policy.


Relevant links

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Norwegian statement at The Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, July 17th 2013, New York

UN Enable – disabilities

UN HRC 18 Resolution on Violence Against Women & Due Diligence in Protection

UN Women 

UN Enable – Facts about women with disabilities

Gender Links – women and media

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