Every fifth citizen in the Nordic countries has some form of disability
All people have the same rights and basic freedoms, regardless of disability. This is why the inclusion of persons with disabilities in our society is an important goal in the Nordic cooperation. Politics in the field are increasingly hallmarked by the rights perspective through the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The Council of Nordic Cooperation on Disability answers to the Nordic Council of Ministers for Health and Social Affairs (MR-S). The Disability Council has an advisory role for all sectors in the Nordic Council of Ministers, and its mission is to ensure that the Nordic cooperation becomes a tool for efficient inclusion of persons with disabilities, universal planning of our societies and the realization of the UN Convention.
The Council of Nordic Cooperation on Disability consists of disability experts from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Greenland, the Faeroe Islands and Åland. Half are official representatives for each Nordic country and autonomous area. The other half is nominated by the countries' disability organisations.
The council of Nordic cooperation on disability proposes three areas of focus:
• Human rights Supporting and strengthening work on national realization and monitoring of the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
• Diversity that based on a diversity perspective, to strengthen, including promotion of equality and to counteract discrimination of persons with disabilities.
• Freedom of movement To promote freedom of movement and avert border obstacles that affect persons with disabilities.
Within each respective area of focus, concrete activities that cover different political spheres has been suggested.
The Nordic Centre of Welfare and Social Issues is the secretarial office for The Council of Nordic Coopera- tion on Disability.
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