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IPC and IDA to sign co-operation agreement

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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Disability Alliance (IDA) are to sign a Co-operation Agreement to advance the rights of persons with disabilities and jointly commit to use Para sport as a vehicle to drive the human rights agenda forward.

As part of the agreement, the two organisations will work together to develop and implement mutually beneficial strategic inclusive communications campaigns. The two organisations also hope to collaborate on major events such as the IPC Inclusion Summit and Global Disability Summit, and to explore areas of shared interest around strategy, policy development, research and communication.

The two organisations will also seek to foster greater co-operation at their respective Governance levels, for instance in their collaboration at Board and management team levels, primarily for the purpose of advancing the rights of persons with disabilities globally.

“This is an extremely important and strategic agreement between the IPC and IDA.  The IPC is first and foremost a sport organisation, we also wish to change the world.  Collaborating with an organisation like IDA, an absolute leader in global disability rights, will help us do just that.” said Andrew Parsons, IPC President.

“We want to work closely with like-minded organisations who share our passion to challenge the stigma attached to disability, empower social transformation and drive the human rights agenda to make for a more inclusive society for all.  IDA ticks all three boxes.

“Ahead of Tokyo 2020 we are looking to launch our biggest global communications campaign to date and aim to partner with several global organisations such as IDA to maximise the impact and reach.  This is a very exciting partnership for us.”

“The International Disability Alliance is excited to be partnering with the IPC in this historic move for the disability rights movement to make our collective more complete and more inclusive.” Said Ana Lucia Arellano, IDA Chair.

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