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Join the Global Conversation on Disability Inclusion in Health at First GDS22 Event

Some of the most high-profile names in global health will convene for a thematic Pre-Summit on Disability Inclusion in the Health Sector today on 12 January 2022.

  • 12 January 2022
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Hosted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), in collaboration with the governments of Norway and Ghana, and the International Disability Alliance (IDA), the Pre-Summit is the first in a worldwide relay of events ahead of the Global Disability Summit 2022 (GDS22) on 16 and 17 February.

This crucial Pre-Summit aims to highlight that Disability Inclusion in the Health Sector is fundamental in achieving health and wellbeing for all. Key speakers at the event include a number of prominent global figures, who will use this opportunity to leverage their profiles and call on leaders and organisations across the world to make firm commitments towards disability inclusion.

The two-hour virtual event (3-5pm CET) will feature talks by WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; Prime Minister of Norway the Honourable Mr Jonas Gahr Støre and Ghana’s Minister of Health, Honourable Mr Kwaku Agyemang-Manu.

Helping to represent Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) from across the world will be Dom Haslam, Chair of the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDCC), Yannis Vardakastanis, Chair of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and Dr. Vladimir Cuk, Executive Director of the International Disability Alliance (IDA). Human rights activist Ashura Michael will provide a specific voice for young people with disabilities. Ashura is currently an Inclusive Livelihood Fellow at the World Federation of the Deaf and serves as a mentor for young persons with disabilities.

The Pre-Summit will include other high-level representation from development partners, disabled people’s networks, government ministers, research bodies and the private sector. The event will be moderated by acclaimed international journalist Femi Oke.

This is a real opportunity to inspire and be inspired, anyone can join and it’s not too late to register your interest and attend the event.

Together we can do more to include over one billion people worldwide who have disabilities. Use our #CommitToChange Social Media Toolkit  to raise awareness of the upcoming Global Disability Summit 2022 (GDS22) and confirm your support for disability rights.