The Global Disability Summits result in new, ambitious and wide-spread commitments that are critical to achieving real change for persons with disabilities.
The Global Disability Summit Secretariat was established to monitor the implementation of the commitments made at the first Global Disability Summit in 2018 (GDS18). Housed within the International Disability Alliance, the GDS Secretariat works to provide substantive inputs and coordination of the organization of the Global Disability Summits.
The Secretariat has established an accountability mechanism to follow the implementation of commitments, supporting stakeholders to achieve the promises they made. We are working with Governments in planning their future Summits, and coordinating the participation of organisations of persons with disabilities in the preparation of the Summits and mechanisms that feed into it.
What is the Global Disability Summit?
The Global Disability Summit offers a concrete mechanism for collecting new, ambitious and wide-spread commitments which are critical to achieving real change for persons with disabilities. The first Global Disability held in 2018 (GDS18) was a historic event for disability inclusion, co-hosted by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance (IDA). The GDS18 inspired unprecedented engagement and generated commitments to action that will help deliver Agenda 2030’s vision to ‘Leave No One Behind’ as well as existing obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
What's happened since?
Since the GDS18, we have been working hard to ensure that we put an accountability mechanism in place to monitor the commiments made at GDS18 and also plan for future Summits, such as the one being held in Norway in February 2022.
- We publish annual reports to monitor the implementation of the commitments and check in with stakeholders on how they're getting on with their commitments. Check out our 2020 Report here.
- We have also helped to deliver a number of national consultations to assess progress made against national commitments adopted in 2018, discuss thematic priorities, and plan events, discussions and training for the run-up to the main GDS event in Norway in February 2022.
The International Disability Alliance, the Government Norway and the Government of Ghana will host the second Global Disability Summit on 15 - 17 February 2022 (GDS22). The summit will be mainly virtual.
Countdown to the next Global Disability Summit 2022 event