The European Union has been a Party to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities since 22 January 2011. The Convention is the first internationally legally binding instrument defining minimum standards for the protection of a full range of civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights of persons with disabilities. For the EU, this means ensuring that all legislation, policies and programmes at EU level comply with the Convention's provisions on disability rights, within the limits of EU responsibilities. The EU Disability Strategy for 2010-2020 adopted in November 2010, which aims to help implement the provisions of the CPRD both at EU and at Member State level, identified "External Action" as one of its eight main areas for action. One of the key actions of the EU Disability Strategy for 2010-2020 identified for the 2010-2015 period is to increase the awareness of EU staff on disability matters. AETS’s task was to set up a training course on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in EU development cooperation for EC staff dealing with external relations and development cooperation in Headquarters and Delegations. The objective of the assignment was to raise awareness and improve the capacity of EU staff working on external action and development cooperation as regards the need to ensure that persons with disabilities exercise their fundamental rights and participate in and benefit from social and economic progress. AETS experts devised a 2-day training course for EU Delegations and Headquarters staff on how to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in EU external action and development cooperation making use of the various development cooperation instruments and aid modalities with links to poverty, MDG achievements etc. This included the design of the course, the drafting of the modules and the delivery of the course and the necessary adjustments to provide a high quality result.

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