Ghana and Norway are hosting this year’s Global Disability Summit in collaboration with the International Disability Alliance.
The summit is expected to mobilize efforts for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the principle of ‘Leave No One Behind’ (LNOB) and building back better and more inclusive with regards to Covid-19.
This year’s event which is the second edition would be held virtually from February 15-17. The first edition which was held in Lindon in 2018 was said to have generated an unprecedented level of focus on and commitment to disability-inclusive development.
171 national governments, multilateral agencies, donors, foundations, the private sector, and civil society organisations made 968 individual commitments. More than 300 governments and organisations signed the GDS18 Charter for Change, encouraging the focused implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
The organizers also expect that the Global Disability Summit 2022 (GDS22) will build on the results achieved at the first Summit, to further accelerate much-needed progress towards the fulfilment of the rights of persons with disabilities worldwide; we well as to lead concrete political commitments that will bring about genuine change for persons with disabilities.
A statement on the website of the International Disability Alliance said, “People with disabilities want equality through access and participation. To obtain lasting change at the country level, we seek collaboration with States, multilateral organisations, and civil society. We seek action and we seek the voices of persons with disabilities themselves.
The event will be preceded by a youth summit on February 14 and a civil society forum on 15, before the main summit on the 16th and 17th.