RI Global Photo Essay: General Assembly, Edinburgh

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Each year, the Rehabilitation International General Assembly meets to report on the work achieved and the road ahead. In 2016, the GA meeting coincided with the 23rd Annual World Congress, put on by partner Shaw Trust in Edinburgh, Scotland. Delegates also oversaw the changing of the RI Global guard, including the transitioning of the presidency from Jan Monsbakken to Zhang Haidi, of the China Disabled People’s Federation. Below are some select images from 2016 GA meeting in Scotland.

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On the first day of the annual meeting, Zhang Haidi reads a statement of her intentions as new president to the RI delegation.

 

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An engaged RI delegation from around the world.

 

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Blue skies and towering figures overlooked the proceedings of the RI General Assembly in Edinburgh, selected for its disability friendliness.

 

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Shaw Trust CEO Roy O’Shaughnessy chats with incoming RI President Zhang Haidi during a break.

 

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Edinburgh Castle provided fantastic views and an occasional distraction during the RI GA proceedings.

 

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A group shot after the weekend meetings.

 

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The RI delegation gathered on 24 October 2016 to being its formal proceedings.

 

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RI Global President Jan Monsbakken signs a Memorandum of Understanding with one of the many disability leaders at the conference.

 

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Secretary-General Venus Ilagan, Abilympics France President Noël ROGER and outgoing RI Global President Jan Monsbakken.

 

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Outgoing RI Global President Jan Monsbakken presents Joseph Kwan with a Presidential Award for his work as Chair of the Committee on International Commission on Technology and Accessibility.

 

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Outgoing RI Global President Jan Monsbakken and Secretary-General Venus Ilagan present Joachim Breuer with a Presidential Award for his work as Vice-President, Europe.

 

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Outgoing RI Global President Jan Monsbakken presents Shaw-Trust CEO Roy O’Shaughnessy with an plaque to commemorate the 23rd Annual World Congress in Edinburgh. Shaw-Trust played a significant role in putting together the event in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

20161025_143826New and old RI Global Executive Board members meet at the World Congress, (from left to right): Pauliina Lampinen of Finland, newly elected Chair, Commission on Education Commission Michael Brogioli of the United States, newly elected Vice-President of North America; Susan Parker of the United States RI Global Treasurer; Mathieu Simard of Quebec, Canada, Deputy Vice-President, RI Global North America region; Mark Webber of South Africa, newly elected Vice-President RI Global Africa region; Veijo Notkola of Finland,RI Global Chair of the Commission on Policy and Services,

 

RI Global: Founded in 1922, Rehabilitation International (RI Global) is a worldwide network promoting the rights and inclusions of persons with disabilities (PwDs) through advocacy, habilitation and rehabilitation to achieve an inclusive world in which all people can enjoy full human rights.

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