On 25 January 2018 at the 142nd Session of the WHO Executive Board meeting in Geneva, ISPO, represented by Executive Board Member Claude Tardiff officially expressed its support to a draft resolution on Assistive Technologies. The draft resolution was sponsored by the governments of Pakistan and Ecuador and co-sponsored by 32 Member States: Algeria, Australia, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela, and Zambia.
Representatives of Member States agreed on the wording of the draft resolution and recommended that it be adopted during this year's World Health Assembly in May. ISPO, together with the whole P&O community welcomes this development. It represents a step towards increased recognition of the need to make Assistive Technology more broadly available.
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