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Global Disability Summit

23 juli 2018 - 24 juli 2018

Globally, an estimated one billion people have a disability, of which 800 million live in developing countries. In these countries, disability is both a cause and consequence of poverty and people often face significant barriers that prevent them from participating fully in society, including getting a quality education and employment.

DFID’s ambition is to make the Global Disability Summit a world-first and a landmark celebration the achievements and rights of people with disabilities, and one that creates an enduring impact and lasting change for people with disabilities around the world – people such as Adhiambo, a young Kenyan girl whose story shows the transformative impact of inclusive education.


Civil Society Forum
  • In consultation with civil society partners, the International Disability Alliance (IDA) called for the Civil Society Forum, as an addition to the Summit, to leverage the opportunity to amplify the voice and participation of persons with disabilities, through their individual participation and that of representative organizations (DPOs). The Forum is an opportunity to highlight current issues relevant to the global disability movement and realization of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, that will not specifically be addressed at the Summit. The Forum will also set the stage for the more in-depth dialogue at the Summit on specific thematic areas.
  • The Forum will take place Monday, 23 July 2018, one day prior to the Global Disability Summit in the same venue. All attendees to the Summit are encouraged to attend the Forum as the discussions will influence the overall outcomes of the event.


23 juli 2018
24 juli 2018


DFID (UK Government Department for International Cooperation)


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