Fifth Int'l Shafallah Forum to discuss, showcase latest developments in inclusive emergency planning for persons with disabilities

Middle East, January 19 2012

DOHA, QATAR: The Shafallah Centre for Children with Special Needs, under the patronage of the Emir’s Consort, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, announced the launch of the Fifth International Shafallah Forum – one of the world’s foremost global conferences on issues related to disability, and revealed the forum’s official logo, at a press conference held yesterday at the centre’s premises.

Hassan Ali bin Ali, Chairman of Shafallah Centre for Children with Special Needs

Hassan Ali bin Ali, Chairman of Shafallah Centre for Children with Special Needs

The Fifth International Shafallah Forum, under the theme: “Crisis, Conflicts and Disability: Ensuring Equality” will be held at the Shafallah Centre, from January 22 through January 24.

“The Shafallah Centre is pleased to organize the International Shafallah Forum for the fifth time – the conference complements one of the centre’s mission to host international forums that bring together key figures, who will discuss the latest studies, assess the current practices and share their insights on topics related to disability,” Hassan Ali bin Ali, Chairman of Shafallah Centre for Children with Special Needs said.

“This year, we have decided to launch the forum’s official logo to represent its core aim and identity. The logo symbolizes the forum’s focus on humanity, promotes global unity and emphasizes the importance of coexistence. It is absolutely vital for us, to share our experience and knowledge, while providing the maximum support to people with special needs,” he added.

The three-day forum, which brings together First Ladies, noted-dignitaries, policymakers, educators, persons with disabilities, leaders in the field and humanitarian relief organizations, will discuss and showcase the latest developments in inclusive emergency planning to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities during armed conflict, humanitarian crises and natural disasters.

The focus of this year’s forum will be on the marginalization of persons with special needs during recent natural disasters in Japan, Haiti, Pakistan and the United States, as well as the ongoing crises and conditions in refugee camps in the Middle East and Africa.

Mrs. Baroness Valerie Amos, UN Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, will be the keynote speaker of this year’s forum, which will be attended by more than 15 First Ladies and VIPs from across the globe. Turkey, Netherlands, Jordan, Poland and Finland are among the participating countries in this year’s forum.

“The conference aims at helping people with disabilities, while serving as a platform for dialogue and debate on issues and challenges facing different societies. It is recognized internationally for hosting renowned speakers and First Ladies, who are exerting special efforts and playing a dynamic role in spreading public awareness about issues facing children with special needs,” Hassan Ali bin Ali said.


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