CBM Global and World Federation of the Deaf to strengthen partnership

News, Stories | April 12, 2022

CBM Global and the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) focused on how both organisations can work together to ensure the foundational right of access to national sign languages is available for deaf people all over the world.

WFD is an international non-profit and non-governmental organisation of deaf associations from 131 countries and has a consultative status in the United Nations. As the representative body, the WFD works to ensure deaf people across the globe are equipped with the knowledge, tools, and strategies to advocate for, achieve and defend their rights.

CBM Global works with WFD and its members in global advocacy efforts at the United Nations, including at the High-level Political Forum, Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, and to ensure International Sign interpretation is provided at UN events and that online platforms are accessible to deaf persons. CBM Global has also had various projects working with deaf communities in different countries, including Bolivia, Madagascar, the Pacific, and the Philippines, among others.

Joseph Murray, President of WFD, says:

“The WFD very much looks forward to working with CBM Global to foster greater collaboration towards our common goals of achieving full human rights for all deaf people.”

David Bainbridge, Executive Director of CBM Global, says:

“We’ve worked in partnership with the World Federation of the Deaf both in global level advocacy with the UN and in various specific projects in the countries where we work but we have been very keen to take this collaboration to a more formal level to ensure that we really seek to work closely together whenever opportunities arise where we can be a support to the World Federation of the Deaf in their vital work advocating for the rights of deaf people.”

Watch our MoU signing:

Read more about how WFD and CBM Global work together:

We Sign for Human Rights

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