Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006 - 2015 


The Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-20151  was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 5 April 2006. It is addressed to the governments of all member states. The fundamental goal of the Action Plan is to help member states reinforce anti-discriminatory and human rights measures to enhance equal opportunities and independence of people with disabilities and guarantee their freedom of choice, full citizenship, active participation in the life of the community and improve their quality of life. The Plan provides a flexible framework for political decision-makers that can and should be adapted to and by every country, taking account of its specific conditions, in order to produce a tailor-made roadmap for innovative disability legislation, policy and practice. The Action Plan is meant to meet the needs of every person with a disability, without exception and regardless of the age, origin, nature or severity of the disability. The promotion, implementation and follow-up of the Plan is overseen by the European Coordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH).

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Integration of People with Disabilities 

The Council of Europe : More than 50 years of commitment towards integrating people with disabilities

From 1959 to 2007, disability-related activities were carried out within the legal and financial framework of the Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field with 18 member states (2007). The work was steered by the Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR) and its Bureau, and carried out by several subordinate committees of experts. It resulted in the elaboration of about 60 resolutions (= policy recommendations to member states of the Partial Agreement), and in the publication of about 60 reports. The Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field was dissolved on 31 December 2007. Disability activities are now being carried out in the Council of Europe's Programme of Activities for the 47 member States. (...more)

Link to the former Partial Agreement website

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Ukrainian Chairmanship

European Conference on “Implementation of the Council of Europe Action Plan to promote the rights and full participation of people with disabilities in society 2006 – 2015”
30-31 May 2011, Odessa, Ukraine

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Council of Europe Disability Action Plan
Mid-term Review Conference “Achievements and Challenges – taking stock and showing the way forward”, 9-10 December 2010, Istanbul, Turkey
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