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Sense International (Peru) attends the Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund

16 October 2015

Ricardo Zevallos

The Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund were held in Lima, Peru, from October 6 to 9, 2015.

Ricardo Zevallos, the Director of Sense International (Peru) participated in various sessions of the Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF), which enables civil society organizations (CSOs) to participate in this meeting.

Discussions during the international meetings covered a range of topics, including youth engagement, human rights as a tool for poverty eradication, and the World Bank’s consultation on safeguards to name a few. SI Peru’s focused on the social inclusion of persons with disabilities and specifically to raise awareness about deafblindness in these discussions.

Catalina Devandas and Ricardo ZevallosParticularly relevant to Sense International's work was a session on Disability and Sustainable Development, organised by the Peruvian Down Syndrome Society. Panelists discussed how the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals could tackle social exclusion and inequality of persons with disabilities, and the capacities of persons with disabilities to become active agents of change in development processes.

At the end of the session, Ricardo Zevallos discussed the need to continue advocating on deafblindness, with Catalina Devandas, the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability from the United Nations.

The meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund were an excellent opportunity to highlight how economic growth will only be achieved if there is a fair and just social inclusion of persons with disabilities. 

 

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 11 October 2017