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First-ever Global Disability Summit is held

The UK government co-hosted the first-ever Global Disability Summit with the International Disability Alliance and the Government of Kenya. The Summit held in London, UK, July 23-24, 2018, brought together more than 700 delegates from governments, donors, private sector organisations, charities and organisations of persons with disabilities.

The Global Disability Summit resulted in 170 ambitious commitments from all over the world to take action on stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities. 301 organisations and governments have signed the Charter for Change – an action plan to implement the UN International Convention on Disability. This comes after Penny Mordaunt, International Development Secretary, called on other governments and donors before the summit to follow the UK’s lead and “stand alongside people with disabilities in their country, commit to ending stigma, and fully value the contribution they can make to the success of their nations”.

Among the most significant pledges made were commitments to pass transformative new laws to protect the rights of people with disabilities, as well as assurances to help those affected by humanitarian crises. There were also commitments to help people with disabilities to access vital technology and work with the private sector around the world to reduce their prices.
  • Nine national governments have committed to passing or formulating new or revised laws to give people with disabilities greater rights in the countries in which they live
  • 18 governments and other organisations have committed to new action plans on disability inclusion
  • 33 governments and other organisations have pledged to specifically support more people with disabilities affected by humanitarian crises
  • Nine organisations and governments, including USAID, The World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF, have, along with the UK, joined the Global Partnership on assistive technology, aimed at transforming access to, and the affordability of, life changing devices and basic technology, like wheelchairs and glasses.
  • UNICEF will help an additional 30 million children with disabilities gain a high quality education by 2030 through programmes in more than 140 countries; and 18 governments have committed to improve the way children with disabilities learn and invest in teacher training
  • By 2021, 80% of UN Women’s country programmes will include a focus on women and girls with disabilities
Read more details on the UK government website ​ and on IDA website.​
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