On the 10th November, EASPD and Poraka organised the First Forum of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities in FYROM.
Speakers included representatives of the social sector, of the Ministry for Labour and Social Policy, UNICEF and the United Nations Development Program. Our President, Jim Crowe spoke about the importance of community based services for persons with and presented the Co-production principle in social service provision.
This meeting was an important first step to create an informal national network of service providers, which will coordinate actions to fully implement UN CRPD in service provision.
Representatives of EASPD also met with several key stakeholders for the social sector in FYROM:
- Ms Mila Carovska, Minister for Labour and Social Policy
- Ms Sophie Beaumont from the EU Delegation to FYROM
- Mr Benjamin Perks, UNICEF Representative
- Ms Louisa Vinton, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative