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Lars Bosselmann

About Lars Bosselmann

Lars Bosselmann is the Director of CBM’s department for International Advocacy and Alliances. Lars promotes the inclusion of persons with disabilities in key development policies and processes at international level (e.g. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) as well as a strong collaboration between CBM and other international organisations. Lars is also Board Member of Concord, the European NGO confederation for relief and development, CBM's Representative at the World Blind Union (WBU) and at the International council of Children with Visual Impairment (ICEVI).

Disability, Development and Data – The Triple D in the Arab Region

Hosted by the United Nation’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA), I had the pleasure to represent CBM at the”Expert Group Meeting on the ESCWA Publication entitled Disability in the Arab Region 2017“. This meeting took place on 11th and 12th of April in Beirut and had the objective of making inputs into a publication on the     situation of persons with disabilities in the Arab Region, a publication UN ESCWA is planning to release on December 3rd this year. More specifically, the publication will be looking at the latest developments regarding the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, its linkages to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), as well as at models of social protection in the region.


My role was to give a global perspective on the linkages between the 2030 Agenda and the CRPD and to present the work that CBM has been doing in that area over the last years. In addition to sharing a number of concrete text changes to the draft publication, I was very pleased to see that     CBM’s work was already quite well known by many participants: The two pieces of work, the infographic on the linkages between the CRPD and the SDGs as well as our publication on sustainable development were often quoted by speakers, in addition to being   brought to the table by me.


One session was devoted to the subject of data and statistics on disability. That session highlighted, once again, that there is still a great deal of confusion about what to measure, what methodology to use etc. At the same time, it also clearly brought forward the willingness to work across different countries of the region, in a view to find a harmonised approach and in order to learn from each other.


All in all, it struck me that there was a very high turn-out at the meeting of Governmental representatives. This underscores a good degree of political will to further the rights of persons with disabilities in the Arab Region and CBM was often mentioned as a key actor to help make that happen!


Inside and outside Europe, the Importance of the 2014 Elections

As you could read on our web-site, a major priority for our work in 2014 is about the European elections. Through that work, we want to convince future parliamentarians and EU leaders to include in their work and thinking the rights of persons with disabilities in poorer countries. In the times of a starting election campaign, we are not the only ones to approach current and future politicians!

Yesterday, I had the pleasure to attend the launch event of the election manifesto of the European Disability Forum (EDF). EDF is a key partner in our work and our activities are complementary. For example, EDF puts an emphasis on the full implementation by the EU of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We are part of that work, as a full implementation would also include the articles related to international cooperation and humanitarian aid which are of particular interest to our work. In the election context, the complementarity of EDF’s and our work is equally obvious: Only if a large number of future Parliamentarians are aware of the general situation of persons with disabilities in the EU, will they support our requests in the area of foreign policies. So, I invite you to follow the election activities by EDF and by CBM and get involved where possible.

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Hello to everyone,

Today, it is not a summary of the day; it is rather a short mid-day update. The reason being that I will go to see the two projects that were part of our Sunday event this afternoon, to formally thank them for their huge contribution and all efforts invested in the preparation of our activities. So I don’t know if and when I will be on-line again. Continue reading