24 July 2018

Global Disability Summit

24 July | Queen Elizabeth Park, London, United Kingdom

Background: The UK Department for International Development (UK DFID), along with co-hosts the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the Government of Kenya, will host the first-ever Global Disability Summit. DFID’s vision for disability inclusion is: ‘to ensure people with disabilities are consistently and systematically included in international development and humanitarian assistance’.  It will bring together more than 700 delegates from governments, donors, private sector organisations, charities and organisations of persons with disabilities.

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Objectives: The Summit aims 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 day’s programme will be built around 4 themes, with 2 cross-cutting themes on humanitarian assistance and gender. Key points include:

  • 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.

A Civil Society Forum will be held one day prior to the Summit on 23 July at the same venue. The Forum aims to:

  • amplify the voice and participation of persons with disabilities, through individual participation and that of representative organizations (DPOs); as well as
  • highlight current issues relevant to the global disability movement and realization of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, that will not be specifically addressed at the Summit.