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From 21-27 October 2016, RI Global and its UK partner, Shaw Trust, hosted more than 1,000 persons in the disabled community from 65 countries in Edinburgh, Scotland for its 23rd World Congress — one of the most important disability events of 2016. Attendees heard from such luminaries as Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland and Penny Mordaunt, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, UK. Participants also attended sessions that provided practical solutions and policy initiatives, toured an expo of all the latest in the differently abled world and had a raving good time. The following are some photos of the events:

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RI Global delegates pose with President Jan Monsbakken before the official opening of the 2016 World Congress.

 

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The Princess Royal makes introductions with Dr. Stephen Duckworth, the official moderator of the event. (L to R) Ken Oilsa, OBE, Lord, Lieutenant of Great London and Chairman of Shaw Trust, HRH the Princess Royal, RI President Jan Monsbakken, Duckworth (Source: Shaw Trust)

 

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HRH Princess Royal speaks with RI Global Secretary-General, Venus Ilagan, and European Vice-Chairperson, Joachim Beurer.

 

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The RI Global/Shaw Trust booth at the Edinburgh International Convention Center.

 

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Incoming RI Global President Zhang Haidi show HRH Princess Royal around the World Congress expo.

 

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The display set up by the China Disable People’s Foundation, one of RI Global’s key members.

 

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HRH Princess Royal is shown one of the many products available at the World Congress expo.

 

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The Princess Royal is presented with a silk portrait of her mother, HRH Queen Elizabeth, during the World Congress. (Source: Shaw Trust)

 

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A close-up of silk portraits made by disabled Chinese artists in honor of the visit by HRH Princess Anne.

 

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Chinese snuff bottles painted from the inside by disabled Chinese artists.

 

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Scotland’s First Minister shakes hands with HRH Princess Anne prior to the official opening of the Congress. (Source: Shaw Trust)

 

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HRH the Queen Royal Address the World Congress audience. (Source: Shaw Trust)

 

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Outgoing President Jan Monsbakken gives his final speech after heading RI Global for the past four years.

 

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R Global Secretary-General Venus Ilagan conducts a live interview with the BBC.

 

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Secretary-General Venus Ilagan greets Colin Allen, President, the World Federation of the Deaf.