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Summary

The one billion persons with disabilities worldwide - of whom 80% live in the Global South - are among the most marginalized in crisis-affected communities. They are often unable to access appropriate basic assistance, including water, shelter, food, health or education and are rarely included in decision-making processes.

The Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action aims to significantly improve living conditions of persons with disabilities during emergencies. By endorsing the Charter, the signatories commit to implement practical measures to ensure people with disabilities can fully benefit from humanitarian aid. The Charter’s goal is to render humanitarian action inclusive of persons with disabilities, by lifting barriers they are facing in accessing relief, protection and recovery support and ensuring their participation in the development, planning and implementation humanitarian programmes