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The Global Disability Summit: back for 2022 and still ground-breaking – Disability Horizons

Monday, 7 February, 2022

The Global Disability Summit: back for 2022 and still ground-breaking – Disability Horizons


This year’s Global Disability Summit is just around the corner, and it couldn’t be more crucial for the rights of disabled people after the Covid-19 pandemic. Elaine Green, Head of Influencing at Leonard Cheshire, explains what world leaders need to focus on and how you can play a part.
A lot of people could be forgiven for not being too familiar with the Global Disability Summit. Firstly, because it fights for airtime against an array of high-stakes international meetings, such as G7 and COP26, and secondly because it’s still a very new concept.
The Summit, held in Oslo from 16th to 17th February 2022 will only be the second of its kind.
When the UK and Kenya governments, along with the International Disability Alliance, hosted the first Global Disability Summit in London’s Olympic Park in 2018, they were breaking new ground.
Bringing together governments, businesses, disability organisations – and, most importantly, people with disabilities themselves – for an international conference hadn’t been done before.
And we certainly hadn’t seen governments, businesses, and charities alike making commitments, together, to improve inclusion and rights for people with disabilities around the world.
This is why people should care about the Global Disability Summit in the same way that they should about G7 or COP26. Dozens of global players working together to tackle global injustices, and holding themselves to account while doing it, is truly exciting – it could change millions of lives.

The Global Disability Summit 2022

The task facing the governments and organisations attending this year’s Global Disability Summit is a mighty one.
One billion people around the world live with disabilities and, while definitive figures are hard to find, it seems clear enough that their experiences of inequality and barriers are universal.

These inequalities creep into every area of life, from education, to employment, to physical access, to discrimination.

Our response to this is to commit to making change within each of those areas. We do this by working with organisations led by people with disabilities in countries around the world, by delivering our programmes, and by analysing the details of what still needs to change.
The details are key, but might not be what one expects. Take data-gathering, for example, which is one of the areas we are focusing on ahead of the 2022 Disability Summit.
Click here to read full article https://disabilityhorizons.com/2022/02/the-global-disability-summit-back-for-2022-and-still-ground-breaking/

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