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Sense International attending UK’s first ever Global Disability Summit

19 July 2018

A smiling woman holding a sign that says "We want a world in which people with deafblindness can be equal and active members of society"

On Tuesday 24 July 2018, the UK government will co-host its first ever Global Disability Summit with the International Disability Alliance and the Government of Kenya.

The summit will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London and will bring together more than 700 delegates from governments, donors, private sector organisations, charities and organisations of persons with disabilities.

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.

The UK government’s ambition is to make the Global Disability Summit a world-first and a landmark celebration of 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. It hopes to mobilise new global and national commitments on disability and showcase good practice, innovation and evidence from across the world.

Sense International has committed to the Summit’s ‘Charter for Change’, a ten point charter that captures the collective commitments and ambitions around ensuring rights, freedoms, dignity and inclusion for all persons with disabilities.

Furthermore, together, the World Federation of the Deafblind, and Sense International, will make a commitment at the Summit to publish Global Reports on Deafblindness every four years. Starting in Autumn 2018, the reports will monitor governments’ implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as they relate to persons with deafblindness, and present data on deafblindness; commentary on barriers and challenge; case studies and learnings; and act as evidence for recommendations to governments and other stakeholders towards full and equal realisation of the rights of persons with deafblindness globally.

Alison Marshall, Director of Sense International, said:

“We’re very much looking forward to attending the Summit and demonstrating our commitment to the Charter for Change. Our vision is a world in which people with deafblindness can be equal and active members of society. The Summit gives governments across the world an opportunity to demonstrate renewed commitment to realising the rights of people with disabilities, including those with deafblindness.”

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019