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Side Events Agenda for 17 February 2022

Take a look at the timetable and agenda of GDS22 Side events for 17 February 2022.

Side Events Agenda, Thursday 17 February 2022 

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From 9 AM to 2 PM CET (UTC+1) - 3 AM to 8 AM EST (UTC-5)

9.00 AM - 10.15 AM CET
Building and Strengthening Leadership Skills of Women with Disabilities in the Movement: Lessons from Add’s Work In Cambodia and Tanzania

Organised by: ADD International
This webinar will outline both these powerful examples - with women with disabilities from Tanzania and Cambodia sharing their own practical experiences in their journey so far from vulnerability to agency, discussing with the audience what it really takes, not just to ensure that their needs and rights are met, but also to harness the tremendous dynamism and progress that comes from their own agency in combatting challenges they face.  It will provide recommendations for future programming based on this learning.
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Tamsin Langford, 

9.00 AM - 10.30 AM CET
Gendered Disability, Inclusive Health and COVID 19
Organised by: Women with Disability India Network; Women Enabled International and S.M.R.C

The aim of the event is to discuss the impact of COVID 19 on the health of women which was already precarious. Object sharing by disability experts who have worked on health, specifically SRHR and Violence, and what are the pathways we can create from the lessons learned about gender and disability dimension of the COVID-19.  
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Reena Mohanty, 

10.00 AM CET
Behavioral Barriers to Education Faced by Syrian and Jordanian Parents of Children with Disabilities (CWDs) in Refugee Camp and Host Community Settings in Jordan
Organised by: No Lost Generation 

A technical panel organised in the framework of the Global Disability Forum will present the findings of the behavioral barrier analysis research conducted as part of the No Lost Generation’s regional efforts to ensure quality education for children (refugees and from host communities) impacted by the ongoing war in Syria. The event panelists will unlock the behavioral barriers children, parents and caregivers face to address the needed programmatic, policy, and raising awareness gaps, for every child to have access to education and improve the school attendance of CWDs post COVID-19 pandemic.
You can download the invitation for the event here.
You can register here.
Contact: Evita M. Jourdi, 

10.00 AM - 11.15 AM CET
On-board Towards a Safer and More Inclusive Future for Girls and Women with Disabilities in Eastern and Southern Africa
Organised by: UN regional inter-agency working group on disability inclusion for Eastern and Southern Africa (UNHCR, UNFPA, UN Women and UNICEF Regional Offices for Eastern and Southern Africa)

In this side event, a number of stakeholders, including organizations of women with disabilities, will share their experiences and highlight the key intervention areas that need to be prioritized by regional UN entities and other partners. UN regional entities will share their reflections on commitments and opportunities to deepen engagement and leadership of girls and women with disabilities in advancing the 2030 Agenda.
You can download the flyer here. You can download the list of speakers in word doc here and in png here.
You can register here.
Contact: Kristel Jüriloo,

10 AM - 11:15 AM CET
We are Able! – Are YOU able too?

Co-creating Inclusive Governance for Access to Basic Resources that Leaves No-One Behind
Organised by: African Disability Forum

Through this webinar the panelist from African Disability Forum, National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda - NUDIPU, Sud-Kivu Provincial Health authority of DRC, the UN World Food Programme, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will share some highlights on: The design of rights-based approach for inclusive food security; Challenges and finding innovative interventions with combine efforts and resources to strengthen voices of People with Disabilities to secure the rights of Food security for Persons with a Disability at community level; Roles and responsibilities of Organizations of Persons with a Disability and (local) Authorities in creating synergies; Investing in an inclusive food security situation for Persons with a Disability.
You can download the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Abebaw Abebe,, Peter Danku,    

10.00 AM - 11.30 AM CET
The Barriers Persons with Disabilities Face to Electoral and Parliamentary Engagement
Organised by: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and Sightsavers

This panel event will aim to discuss electoral and political participation of people with disabilities in two Commonwealth jurisdictions and how barriers preventing such participation can be overcome. The session will focus on two specific countries in which Sightsavers have implemented projects enabling electoral participation, with Parliamentarians of the CPA providing a parliamentary perspective on this work, on how effective partnerships between civil society and parliamentarians can promote disability inclusion, and how inclusion can be supported by Members of Parliament across the globe.
You can download concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Clive Barker, 

11.00 AM CET
Together for Inclusion – A Strategic Partnership for Disability Rights and Inclusion
Organised by: The Atlas Alliance

This event aims to highlight some of the successes and challenges of a new and innovative strategic partnership of DPOs and INGOs, led by the DPOs. 
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
 Eirin Kallestad,

11.00 AM CET
Capacity-Strengthening of OPDs and Inclusion in Situations of Crises and Conflict
Organised by: Arab Organization of Persons with Disabilities (AOPD) & League of Arab States (LAS)

The aim of this side event is to highlight the ways to protect the rights of persons with disabilities in armed conflict, and how governments should take all the necessary measures to ensure that civilians and persons with disabilities are safeguarded and kept aside from all form of violence in a situation of conflicts. 
You can download the concept note here.
You register here.
Contact: Ms. Jahda Abou Khalil, 

11.00 AM - 12.00 PM CET
Economic Policy - A Final Frontier In International Support For The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities?

Organised by: CBM Switzerland
Using case studies from Switzerland, India and the UK, the event will illustrate: how the economic policies of governments in the Global North can create opportunities for multinational companies to dodge their taxes – or can help prevent such tax abuse; how the economic policies of governments in the Global North can exacerbate unsustainable debt burdens – or can help prevent and resolve debt crises; and most importantly in the GDS context; how tax dodging and unsustainable debt burdens can limit the resources available to governments in the Global South for fulfilling the CRPD.
You can download the concept note here.
You can check the agenda and register here.
Contact: Mirjam Gasser,

11.00 AM - 12.15 PM CET
Inclusive Livelihoods – How Labour Market Systems can Adapt to Improve Access to Private Sector Jobs for People with Disabilities
Organised by: UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office / Sightsavers

This panel session will explore what approaches have been successful, how they can be adapted and adopted in other contexts, and how real systemic change can be achieved. The discussion will focus on innovative pathways to employment that are accessible and inclusive of people with disabilities, the role of the private sector including business and disability networks, the opportunities through value chains and the impact of disability confidence schemes, and how OPDs can successfully influence labour markets and policies.   
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Daryl Lloyd,

12.30 PM - 1.30 PM CET
Inclusive Education In Nepal: Lessons From Research by Organizations of Person with Disabilities
Organised by: Action on Disability Rights And Development (ADRAD-Nepal)

The Covid-19 has massively impacted the education of learners with disabilities in the world, particularly in the global south. There are several transformative endeavors done by the OPDs and stakeholders that help advance educational opportunities for learners with disabilities in the post-Covid context. This side event is to discuss such exemplary initiatives. ADRAD-Nepal has carried out a Participatory Action Research that has identified several innovative ideas to promote access to inclusive education, the organizers intend to transfer to the stakeholders in Global South thus the side event is planned.  
You can download the concept note here and the flyer here.
You can download register here.
Contact: Dr. Birendra Raj Pokharel, 

12.00 PM CET
Inclusive and Resilient Futures: Creating Disability-Inclusive Climate Resilient Cities
Organised by: Global Disability Innovation Hub and World Blind Union

Expert speakers will discuss the importance of resilience and inclusion to communities responding to emergencies and climate change. The event will specifically focus on the role of inclusive design as a sustainable solution to create more inclusive, accessible and resilient cities with improved and equal access to education, employment, healthcare, recreation and independent living. The event will draw on the experiences and lessons learnt from the speakers on climate action, the pandemic impact and responses and the implementation of mitigation and adaptation measures for both people and planet.  
You can download the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Iain McKinnon, 

12.00 PM CET
Able World Virtual Assembly
Organised by: Able World

Able World Virtual Assembly will be organised to increase the awareness about various kinds of disabilities and their life, support system available for PwDs, and show case achievement of PwDs in various domains. Some performance also will be done to motivate PwDs. The involvement of government and non-government organisations will be ensured.
You can find a recording of the event here.
Contact: Muhammed Asrath,

12.00 PM - 01.15 PM CET
Social and Financial Inclusion: Lessons from Cooperation of Organizations of People with Disabilities (OPDs) and Mainstream Development Agencies in Promoting Disability Inclusion

Organised by: Norwegian Association of Disabled (NAD), Stromme Foundation E.Africa, National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU), and  Association of Microfinance Institutions of Uganda (AMFIU)
The partners are presenting a practice-based discussion facilitated by four speakers from a section of organizations including an International Non-Government Organization, Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), and an Apex Organization for Microfinance service providers. The event will be participatory to encourage open discussions and feedback during the presentation.
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Svein Brodtkorb, 

12.00 PM - 12.45 PM CET
Highlighting the Legal Barriers Faced by Persons with Psychosocial Disability in Nepal
Organised by: KOSHISH

In 2021, KOSHISH conducted a study on the prevailing legal provisions of Nepal through the perspective of psychosocial disability in the context of the constitution of Nepal, 2015, and the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. Objectives of the side-event: to inform the participants regarding the legal barriers faced by persons with psychosocial disability in Nepal; to generate international solidarity and commitments for action; to protect, fulfill and promote the rights of persons with psychosocial disability in Nepal.  
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Mr.Kshitij Wagle, 

12.30 PM CET
Every Learner Matters- Sharing Experiences from the World Bank's programs on Disability-Inclusive Education
Organised by: The World Bank

This side session will bring together learnings and experiences from the World Bank programs: “Disability Inclusive Education in Sub-Saharan Africa” and the “Inclusive Education Initiative”. Stakeholders will critically discuss the purpose, process, and implementation modalities of activities financed under these trust funds.
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Anna Martin, 

12.30 PM - 1.45 PM CET
Strengthening the Movement of OPDs of Youth and Capacity Building 
Organised by: IDA, Atlas Alliance, UNICEF, Youth Mental Health Norway 

This side event will focus on the following:  presentation of GDS Youth Charter; promoting the inclusion of youth with disabilities in OPD; sharing experience and lessons learned on a collaboration of youth in OPDs ; sharing prespectives of OPDs on strengthening support by INGOs, governments, and UN agencies to improve the work with Youth with Disabilities and support capacity building initiatives. 
You can download the flyer here
You can register here.
Contact: Anna Burlyaeva,

12.30 PM - 1.45 PM CET
What Works: Resourcing OPDs in the Global South to Secure and Implement GDS Commitments
Organised by: Disability Rights Fund (DRF)/ Disability Rights Advocacy Fund (DRAF)

Between 2018 through 2021, the Disability Rights Fund (DRF) awarded a total of 38 Global Disability Summit 2018 (GDS18) grants totaling USD 1.61 MN to 22 OPDs in Africa, Asia, and Europe. This side event will bring together OPD and donor voices to highlight what strategies work best for resourcing OPD capacities to lead advocacy efforts to secure commitments from their governments and ensure these commitments are reflected in national level policies and programs. The event will also highlight the importance of shifting power and resources in the hands of southern led OPDs, to sustain long-term change on the ground.
You can download the concept note here and flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Aapurv Jain,

12:30 PM - 2.00 PM CET
Global Accessibility & Inclusion Leaders Present: Challenges of the Decade
Organised by: Access Israel

Access Israel would like to offer the Global Disability Summit's participants a rare insiders look on strategy discussions being performed by accessibility industry leaders who set the accessibility trends and have great impact on lives of people with disabilities today and in the future. One goal is to create an open discussion that will lead the audience into the thought process of professionals which live and breathe accessibility in order to have them get a glimpse of their world.
You can download the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Noa Biron,

1.00 PM CET
Working Together Towards Inclusive Social Protection Systems
Organised by: UNICEF, ILO, IDA, ADB, DFAT, FCDO, GIZ, HelpAge, Norad, UNPRPD, World Bank

The side event at the GDS 2022 will be an opportunity for key stakeholders to 1) review their progress since 2018 on addressing the needs that have been identified, 2) present commitments and plans to further progress in the field of inclusive social protection, and 3) address lessons from the pandemic social protection response for persons with disabilities.
You can register here.
Contact: Alexandre Cote, 

1.00 PM CET
Building an Education for All: Learnings from Disability-Inclusive Experiences
Organised by: Global Campaign for Education (GCE), Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE) and Regional Network for Inclusive Education (RREI Latin America)

The event's main objective is to present some of these experiences to generate a constructive dialogue that allows to recover and put in value certain elements capable of illuminating and guiding the processes of change needed at the national level and also to think of ways to address the challenges that are being faced. In addition to this, the dissemination of these experiences serves to break down barriers and misconceptions that usually work as obstacles for advancing inclusive education, mainly, the myth that inclusive education is a utopia or that it is only achievable in high-income countries.
You can download the concept note here and the flyer here.
You can register here.  
Contact: Vernor Munoz, 

1.00 PM - 2.00 PM CET
Exploring Recent Education Data for Children with Disabilities and Next Steps for Strengthening Data for Education Policy and Planning
Organised by: UNICEF

Starting with the current situation on children with disabilities participating in education, UNICEF will present new findings on education children with disabilities from data analysed from 42 countries and territories, followed by updates on ongoing efforts to strengthen the availability of data to inform education policy and planning. This will include country experiences in collecting and utilizing education data to inform policy and strengthen inclusive education systems for children with disabilities. 
You can download the concept note here and the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Asma Maladwala, 

1.00 PM - 2.15 PM CET
Disability Inclusive Safeguarding: A Non-Negotiable for Disability Inclusive Development and Humanitarian Work
Organised by: Able Child Africa, Save the Children International and UWEZO Youth Empowerment

This event will highlight the current gap in understanding on how best to safeguard children with disabilities in programmatic delivery. The event will provide practical advice on how practitioners can safeguard all children in their work, pointing practitioners towards the Disability-inclusive Child Safeguarding Guidelines and Toolkit recently published and provide example commitments organisations can adopt relating to inclusive safeguarding.
You can download the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Lauren Watters, 

1.00 PM - 2.15 PM CET
Joining Forces on Inclusive Employment – Global Best Practice
Organised by: YAI Network

One of the major themes for the GDS22 is Inclusive Employment and Livelihoods. Including people with disabilities in the workplace is key to an inclusive society.  This side event will contribute to this important topic.  Objectives: hearing about successful inclusive employment projects from around the world; giving exemplary inclusive employment efforts visibility on the global stage; creating networking opportunities for further collaboration beyond this event.
You can download the concept note here, flyer here, and infographic here.
You can register here.
Contact: Johanna Berglein, 

From 5 PM to 9 PM CET (UTC+1) - 11 AM to 3 PM EST (UTC-5)

5.30 PM CET
Youth with Disabilities Lead: Linking the Summit for Democracy and the Global Disability Summit
Organised by: The International Foundation for Electoral Systems; the U.S. Agency for International Development

Participants will come away from this session with:  updates on USAID’s forthcoming disability and youth policies; information on the Summit for Democracy’s 2022 Disability-Inclusive Democracy Year of Action and how they can engage at the national and international levels; recommendations from young people with disabilities on good practices for inclusive democracy; information on USAID and IFES’ GDS 2022 commitments.
You can download the concept note here and flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Virginia Atkinson,,  Katherine Guernsey,, Michael McCabe, 

5.30 PM CET
Forging Gender Equal, Just and Inclusive Societies: A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective on Promoting Gender Transformative and Inclusive Development
Organised by: UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD), UN Women, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Disability Rights Fund (DRF)/ Disability Rights Advocacy Fund (DRAF), Global Forum on the Leadership of Women with Disabilities.
Co-sponsored by
: GLAD Gender Equality Working Group, Open Society Foundations
Women and girls with disabilities face significantly more difficulties - in both public and private spheres – in accessing services, ensuring participation, and in achieving economic empowerment and security, and are at higher risk of violence than women without disabilities. This event will bring together diverse voices and experiences of GLAD members with the aim to achieve the following: highlight the importance of the implementation and monitoring of the GDS commitments from a gender transformative lens; showcase different systemic and programmatic approaches to advancing the leadership, participation and rights of women and girls with disabilities from a gender transformative lens; showcase perspectives of organizations of women with disabilities on the realization of GDS commitments. 
You can find the recordings of the event here.
You can download the concept note here the flyer here, and the speakers' bios here. 
You can register here.
Contact: Ola Abulaghaib, 

5.30 PM CET
Making the Invisible Count
Organised by: Cristoffel Blindenmission (CBM) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

The event will include a panel discussion moderated by Martha Getachew Bekele from Development Initiatives. The panel will have four expert speakers discussing how states, NGOs and organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) can collaborate to collect and use disaggregated disability data. The panel discussion will be followed by questions and answers and sharing of experiences by the audience.
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Sarah Malelu, 

5.30 PM – 6.45 PM CET 
Global Health: Strengthening Disability Inclusion in Mainstream Health Services
Organised by: UNICEF, WHO, FCDO, Humanity and Inclusion, Missing Billion, Bangladesh Directorate General of Family Planning, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Success in achieving Universal Health Care and SDG 3 is unattainable if persons with disabilities are excluded from existing health services. On average, persons with disabilities have worse health access and poorer health outcomes. This side-event will focus more on practicalities, it will explore how we can ensure disability is properly integrated into Universal Health Care, how different countries are already strengthening disability inclusion in mainstream health services, and the entry points all health programmes can use to strengthen disability inclusion.
You can register here.
Contact: Nick Corby, 

5.30 PM - 6.45 PM CET
Meaningful Participation of Young Persons with Disabilities in the Youth and in the Disability Movement: From Commitment to Compliance
Organised by: United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), World Health Organization (WHO), Office of the United Nations Secretary General Youth Envoy (OSGEY), Global Network of Young Persons with Disabilities (GNYPWD), Youth Coalition on Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR), Common Wealth Children and Youth Disability Network (CCYDN).

This event will showcase the youth leadership in the disability movement, what meaningful youth engagement for youth with disabilities means, and how youth with disabilities can mobilize and act as the change leaders of tomorrow. 
You can download the flyer here
You can register here.
Contact: Anton Ingstedt, 

5.30 PM - 6.45 PM CET
We Matter. We Belong. We Decide
Committing to accelerating progress on the rights of women and young persons with disabilities by ensuring sexual and reproductive health and rights and bodily autonomy for all.
Organised by: UNFPA

In this session, UNFPA will celebrate the leadership of women and young persons with disabilities, in the context of SRHR through partnerships, approaches, products, interventions. Objective:create a space for persons with disabilities including women and young persons to bring forth good and promising practises and lessons learned, raise global attention on SRHR, GBV and bodily autonomy of persons with disabilities while showcasing the achievements of the We Decide Global Programme;  mobilise targeted and concrete commitments on disability inclusion within the intersection of gender, disability and youth.  
You can download the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Kadambari Mainkar (Kami), 

5.30 PM - 6.45 PM CET
It’s the People who are Neglected More Than the Diseases: Why Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Should Be Part of the Disability Conversation
Organised by: The Leprosy Mission

Panel event showcasing the work and successes of organisations of people affected by NTDs in advocating for their human rights and discussing the mutual benefits and challenges of engagement between people with NTD-related disability and Organisations of Persons with Disabilities.
You can download the concept note here and the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Margaret Guyan, 

5.30 PM - 6.45 PM CET
Strengthening Inclusive Education Systems: Sector-Wide Approaches in Ghana and Ethiopia
Organised by: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, World Ban
The side event organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Education Global Practice of the World Bank will present experiences of sector-wide approaches for strengthening inclusive education systems in Ghana and Ethiopia. Panelists include representatives of Ministries of Education and other stakeholders involved in disability inclusion in education. Panelists will discuss lessons learned and good practices in the implementation of disability-inclusive education sector plans and programmes.
You can download the concept note here and flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Mina Mojtahedi, 

5.30 PM - 6.45 PM CET
Towards a Global Data System Inclusive of Persons with Disabilities
Organised by: CBM Global Disability Inclusion and Fordham University

The aims of the event are to:   highlight data needs and share recent efforts at the global, regional and national levels and to build capacity in understanding and utilizing disability data and data advocacy resources among various stakeholders (governments, United Nations, Organizations of Persons with Disabilities, NGOs, academia).  The event will feature panelists with experiences in terms of disability data advocacy, data collection or analysis at the national, regional and global levels in any or all of the Global Disability Summit themes.  
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
You can find the recording of the event here.
Contact: Sophie Mitra, 

5.30 PM - 6.45 PM CET
Shedding Lights on Disability Rights in the UNESCO’s Global Anti-discrimination Agenda
Organised by: UNESCO

In 2020, UNESCO Member States launched a “Global Call against Racism” and UNESCO is developing a Global Roadmap to fight against racism and discrimination across its fields of competence, which include Inclusive Education, Sciences for development and mutual understanding, Culture, and Communication, and Universal access to information. This panel will seek to discuss why and how it is essential to integrate disability rights in the Global Roadmap on Anti-Racism and Non-Discrimination that UNESCO is elaborating. More specifically, how can Education, Sciences, Arts, Culture, and Communication advance disability inclusion in the Roadmap?
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Phinith Chanthalangsy, 

6.00 PM 
WHO UNICEF Proposed Framework for Action for Young People with Developmental Disabilities: Implications for Mainstreaming Disability-Inclusion  in Child and Adolescent Health Promotion and Care
Organised by: World Health Organization and UNICEF

The objectives of the side event are: to share key messages emerging from the WHO UNICEF Global Report on Developmental Delays and Disabilities and specifically proposed frameworks for action and for public health monitoring; facilitate an exchange of views on how the frameworks resonate with experiences, opportunities and resources in different geographical regions and sociocultural contexts and what are the implications for mainstreaming disability-inclusion in child health promotion and care.   
You can register here.
Contact: Chiara Servili,

6.00 PM - 7.00 PM CET
Sharing Good Practices from Latin America on DPO Engagement in Designing and Implementing State Public Development Policies in Order To Leave No One Behind
Organised by: ONCE Foundation for Solidarity with Blind People in Latin America (FOAL in Spanish)

This event is a commitment to the future of persons with disabilities and aims to show how they and their representative organisations undoubtedly contribute to building a society where equal opportunities are a reality. For this to happen, public policies must be inclusive and governments must accept their responsibility in this respect decisively and unconditionally. FOAL is an expression of this commitment because we believe in a global model for inclusion that is open, sustainable, and unique and which seeks to ensure autonomy and visibility for persons with disabilities.
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Estefanía Mirpuri Merino,

6.00 PM - 7.15 PM CET
Listen To Us, Include Us, Respect Us
People with Intellectual Disabilities Guide Governments and Development Organizations to Inclusion
Organised by: Inclusion International, Down Syndrome International

The objectives of the side event are: to share the key results of the analysis on the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in Official Development Assistance (ODA); to present some of the barriers that persons with intellectual disabilities and their families faced during the COVID19 pandemic; to present the Listen Include Respect initiative and the key recommendations to ensure inclusion of persons with intellectual disabilities in policy and in the work of organizations, including how to ensure CRPD-compliance.
You can download the concept note here and the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Manel Mhiri, 

6.00 PM - 7.30 PM CET
Victim Assistance: The Importance of Inclusion in Broader Frameworks Including Situations of Risks, Crises and Humanitarian Emergencies
Organised by: Committee on Victim Assistance of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

The side event will provide an opportunity to the disability rights community and other participants of the Global Disability Summit (GDS) to learn more about victim assistance and to exchange information in stimulating further thoughts on the inclusion of persons with disabilities, including explosive ordnance survivors in situations of risks and humanitarian emergencies.
You can download the concept note here and speakers here. You can download the flyer in English here and in Spanish here.
You can register here.
Contact: Firoz Alizada,

6.30 - 8.30 PM CET
GDS Concert streamed from Oslo and Ghana
Organised by: Atlas Alliance

To celebrate the end of the summit and to kick off the implementation of the commitments, the Atlas Alliance is hosting a digital concert streamed from Oslo and Accra. This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate GDS with the two host nations and promote the acceleration of the much-needed progress towards the fulfillment of the rights of persons with disabilities worldwide.
You can download the flyer here.
The event link is here. Streaming-link will be posted on the Facebook event on February 17th.

7.00 PM CET
Pathways to Inclusive Employment and Livelihoods
Organised by: World Institute on Disability and Partners for Youth with Disabilities

In 2018, the Leadership and Mentoring Task Force for the Global Partnership for Youth with Disabilities (GPcwd) published findings from a survey to identify ways to improve access to mentoring and leadership opportunities for youth with disabilities. During this session we will bring together leadership development and mentoring practitioners to discuss the findings, our current work to build new leadership development and mentoring supports, and discuss a community of practitioners for more inclusive, accessible and customized experiences moving forward.
You can register here.
Contact: Marcie Roth,, Genelle Thomas,

7.00 PM CET
Adapted Physical Education post-COVID from a Global Perspective
Organised by: International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity

The International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA) is pleased to host a side event focusing on global challenges and opportunities related to adapted physical education and the COVID pandemic. Speakers from every region of the globe will reflect on their practical and research experiences to provide effective adapted physical education experiences with recommendations for future programs. This session will address APE from a multi-disability perspective.
You can download the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: David Legg, 

7.00 PM CET
The Human Rights Case Against Harmful Behaviour Modification for Autistic People
Organised by: Autistic Strategies Network, South Africa; Kenyans Living with Autism, Kenya; Autistic Collaboration Trust, Aotearoa

This event is part of the global project of Autistic communities, towards the ban of harmful behaviour modification techniques (Applied Behaviour Analysis, or ABA, and various forms of conversion therapies). Now is the time for governments all around the world to adopt adequate protocols to protect the human rights of Autistic people, and to act and ban ABA in all its forms. 
You can find more about the event, agenda, and registration here.
Contact: Jorn Bettin, 

7.00 PM - 8.00 PM CET
Applying the UN CRPD to the COVID-19 Pandemic
How we can use the UN CRPD as a framework for analysis and to help identifying the needs of persons with disabilities during the pandemic and in the recovery process

Organised by: McGill University
A dynamic panel comprised of government officials, researchers and civil society leaders will discuss about the potential of using the CRPD framework for research and policy. The dialogue goals are: a) To generate discussions across stakeholders and sectors on the applications of the CRPD, the experiences during the pandemic, and ways to move forward for the disability community; b) To connect decision-makers across sectors in discussing implementation solutions and strategies to improve the mental health of children with disabilities during crisis; and 3) To inform decision-makers about priorities and challenges identified by children with disabilities and their families.
You can register here.
Contact: Roberta Cardoso, 

7.00 PM – 8.00 PM CET
Presentation of Main Findings from UNICEF's Global Report on Children with Disabilities
Organised by: UNICEF

Using the latest available data, UNICEF published a Global Report on Children with Disabilities, titled Seen, Counted and Included: Using data to shed light on the well-being of children with disabilities. The publication covers more than 60 indicators of child well-being – from nutrition and health, to access to water and sanitation, protection from violence and exploitation, and education. The report also includes the first-ever global and regional estimates of children with disabilities. 
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Claudia Cappa,