Global Disability Summit Concludes With New Commitments, Calls For Improving Inclusivity

Devex: Global Disability Summit yields 170 new commitments — but what’s missing?
“Tuesday’s Global Disability Summit in London yielded 170 commitments to increase disability inclusion and tackle stigma in lower-income countries, according to the United Kingdom government, from financial pledges, to in-kind devices and technology, to new or amended action plans and charters. But some worried that parts of the disability community were left out, while others described a disconnect between large humanitarian agencies and specialist disability-focused organizations…” (Anders, 7/25).

U.N. News: Ending marginalization of persons with disabilities ‘a matter of justice,’ U.N.-backed summit told
“Inclusive education, economic empowerment, and technological innovations were the focus of discussion on Tuesday as world leaders gathered in London for the first-ever United Nations-backed Global Disability Summit. … Acknowledging that there is more to do to make the world ‘a more equal and just place,’ Achim Steiner, administrator of the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP), told the participants at the summit how the U.N. is looking to better address disabilities in all settings, ‘to ensure that persons with disabilities are given equal access and voice in society, so that they can realize their fullest possible potential.’ He linked the path to realizing the SDGs to a world free from marginalizing persons with disabilities…” (7/24).

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