Global Disability Summit 2018

Global Disability Summit 2018

In July 2018, the first truly international summit on disability brought 800 delegates together from around the world for 2 days in London. The summit was co-hosted by DFID, the Government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance, and yielded ambitious commitments from a host of governments and other organisations.

The first day was a ‘Civil Society Forum’ where over 600 representatives from Disabled Peoples’ Organisations, civil society organisations, governments, multilateral organisations and the private sector called for the closing of the gap between the language of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its actual implementation. 

On the second day Secretary of State Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP applauded the commitments made by governments and others for the ambitious commitments which had been made to tackle stigma and discrimination and to move ‘from rhetoric to action’.  She highlighted the recently launched consultation on improving the collection of data to ensure inclusion and a new drive to improve access to assistive technology.   

In the months leading up to the Summit, the organisers developed and circulated a Charter for Change which was signed by 301 organisations.  This is an action plan to implement the CRPD.   The Summit also produced 170 commitments from governments and other organisations to tackle discrimination and stigma.  These include: pledges to pass laws to protect the rights of people with disabilities; pledges to agree new actions plans on disability inclusion, and to join with the UK in a new Global Partnership on Assistive technology. 

DFID is seeking views on its plans to implement the Inclusive Data Charter.  This charter which was launched at the UN High Level Political Forum in July 2018 seeks to mobilise support to improve the availability of disaggregated data to measure the extent to which people with disabilities and other marginalised groups are left behind the mainstream.  The consultation closes on 28 August 2018. For more information or to take part click here.

The plenary sessions were livestreamed.  Members of the Alliance’s ‘Leave No-One Behind’ working group gathered to watch.  Jane Salmonson who attended both days, phoned in to give an update to group members.

Further information and opportunities to engage with this working group can be done through the Alliance Community. Get involved!

Penny Mordaunt’s closing speech includes all new initiatives on disability involving DFID either on its own or in partnership with others.