Global Disability Summit – July 24th 2018

Europe, Events, July 17 2018

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LONDON, ENGLAND: DFID’s vision for disability inclusion is: ‘to ensure people with disabilities are consistently and systematically included in international development and humanitarian assistance’.  We will host a Global Disability Summit in July this year to galvanise the global effort to address disability inclusion in the poorest countries in the world and act as the start point for major change on this neglected issue

The objectives of the Summit will be to:

  • raise global attention and focus on a neglected area;
  • bring in new voices and approaches to broaden engagement;
  • mobilise new global and national commitments on disability; and,
  • showcase best practice and evidence from across the world.

Event Details: The Summit will be held in London at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 24 July 2018.

Partners: In line with the principle of ‘nothing about us, without us’, DFID will co-host the Summit with the International Disability Alliance (IDA).  This will ensure people with disabilities are central to the planning and delivery of the summit. The Government of Kenya will also co-host the Summit.

Participants and Invitations: The event will be led by people with disabilities from the UK and the global community. Attendance will be high-level: Government Ministers, heads of donor agencies and civil society organisations and CEOs of private sector companies.
The International Disability Alliance is coordinating the participation of representatives of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (DPOs) from the Global South. DFID is coordinating invitations for all other groups.
IDA undertook a very detailed nomination and review process to identify a diverse group of DPO representatives from the Global South at the event. More than 400 nominations were received and only 65-70 DPO representatives will be invited to participate due to the limited space in the venue and associated costs. Each individual that was nominated will receive official email from the IDA Summit Team regarding the status of their participation.
Individuals that are not invited to travel to London for the Summit are kindly requested to engage in National Coordination Mechanisms if there is one in their country and contribute to online consultations. More details on the consultations will be posted on this webpage once they are available.

Themes and Priorities: In consultation with IDA, the UK Civil Society BOND Disability and Development Group, the IDDC, UN agencies, the World Bank and other important stakeholders – DFID have undertaken a process of consultation on the Summit themes and priorities. A number of building blocks have been identified which will underpin the approach to catalysing change throughout the Summit:

  1. Catalysing political will towards change and building collective responsibility;
  2. Improving data and evidence to raise awareness of the scale of the problem and learning on how to address barriers and;
  3. Supporting the leadership and representation of people with disabilities to increase voice, choice and control.

Based on this consultation, the programme for the day itself will be built around these four themes, with two cross-cutting themes on humanitarian assistance and gender:

  1. Tackling stigma and discrimination – commitments could include greater legislation at national level; quotas on representation and visibility of people with disabilities; and high-profile media campaigns.
  2. Inclusion in education – deliverables may include: minimum standards of accessibility in schools, and greater leadership and investment in teacher training and accessible learning materials/resources.
  3. Routes to economic empowerment – commitments may include: anti-discrimination laws, social protection and training schemes, vocational rehabilitation and universal design.
  4. Harnessing technology and innovation – This area has significant potential to change lives in low income countries: In terms of deliverables we will target reduced prices and expanded access of five assistive devices through new mass markets; and also improved access to cross the ‘digital divide’ through new technologies.

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Source: IDA_CRPD_Forum

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