Following the adoption of new statutes and internal rules in June 2013, the International Disability Alliance (IDA) held its first Board Meeting in advance of the UN Conference of States Parties, July 13 – 15, 2013, in New York. IDA, the international network comprised of 12 global and regional organisations of persons with disabilities, elected its new Executive Officers. Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum, was elected as Chair. Inclusion International, a founding member of the IDA, is pleased to have our President, Klaus Lachwitz, elected to the Membership Committee. Other representatives of families (Vanessa dos Santos and Ana Lucia Arellano) were elected were also elected to the Finance committee and the Membership Committee respectively
In addition to elections, the meeting included a dialogue with Dan Mont on disability statistics, Catherine Naughton on collaboration between IDA and the International Disability and Development Consortium, and, Kristen Pratt on the World Health Organization on WHO’s action plan on access to health by persons with disabilities. A focused discussion on the upcoming High Level Meeting on Disability and Development and influencing the post-2015 development agenda was also held.