How do conflicts and natural disasters impact the world’s largest minority - persons with disabilities?
The conference in Oslo May 2011 explored how states and international organisations may address the inclusion of disabled people in emergency responses in practice.
Persons with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to disasters and crises, both on account of disability and poverty; yet they are often ignored or excluded at all levels of disaster preparedness, mitigation and intervention. More than half a billion people with disabilities live in countries often affected by conflicts and natural disasters.
The conference was hosted by the Norwegian disability umbrella organisation, The Atlas Alliance, in cooperation with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.