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Opening of the Round Table on the inclusion of persons with disabilities: Leave no one behind


German Development Minister Gerd Müller, the Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to Disabled Persons, Verena Bentele and members of the round table on inclusion.

11.11.2014 |

Today, German Development Minister Gerd Müller and the Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to Disabled Persons, Verena Bentele, opened the BMZ's fifth Round Table on the inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Minister Müller said, "We consider the inclusion of persons with disabilities as a common task, and we regard true participation as an opportunity for us all. They are quality benchmarks for Germany's development cooperation. 'Leave no one behind' is a commitment that we are filling with life – nationally and internationally."

In Germany's development cooperation, partners' demand for German expertise on inclusion is growing. Major emerging economies such as China and Indonesia are working together with Germany in this field. In the international arena, there is a strong focus on significantly more attention for the rights and interests of people with disabilities in the context of the current negotiations on goals to follow the Millennium Development Goals (post-2015 agenda).

The Round Table on the inclusion of persons with disabilities is a dialogue forum for various stakeholders in German development cooperation who are advocates for the rights of persons with disabilities. About 50 representatives of academia, German and international civil society, other federal ministries and the German Parliament took part in the event.

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