With less than eight years to reach the target year for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, GDS22 will seek to promote actions to increase inclusiveness and equality in line with the principle of ‘Leave No One Behind’ (LNOB) and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). We expect the Summit to lead to concrete political commitments that will bring about genuine change for persons with disabilities, tackle inequalities, and foster inclusive development, and humanitarian action, guided by a human-rights approach.
The suggested commitments were developed in consultation with the Global Action on Disability Network (GLAD), disability experts including Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), and are meant to inform, inspire and incentivize ambitious commitments contributing to a successful GDS. The suggested commitments range from overarching commitments to specific thematic commitments. The menu is comprehensive, but all-important matters are not covered in the menu. Each commitment is accompanied by an explanatory text of proposed actions. Please note that you do not have to carry out all suggested activities/actions.
The themes for the GDS2022 are:
- Capacity-strengthening of organisations of persons with disabilities in the Global South
- Inclusive Education
- Inclusive Health
- Inclusive Employment and Livelihoods
- Inclusion in situations of crises and conflict, including a focus on climate change
Gender is a cross-cutting theme.
Gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls with disabilities is critical for the realization of the human rights of all and is central to achieving the commitments made by all stakeholders at the GDS. Achievement of gender equality directly contributes to the implementation of the SDG principle to ‘Leave No One Behind (LNOB)’, SDG Goal 5, and CRPD Article 6. Despite several advacements in this area, progress has been insufficient to address the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination that women, girls and gender non-conforming persons with disabilities face due to intersectional challenges of ableism and sexism.
Stakeholders are therefore invited and encouraged to consider a gender lens to commitments they will be producing for GDS22. It is crucial that commitments made at the GDS22 adopt a gender transformative and intersectional lens and support the informed participation and effective leadership of women and girls with disabilities in all their diversity, including through their representative organizations. It is also imperative to match commitments with adequate financing through the mobilization of financial resources from all sources, and strengthening accountability for the implementation of commitments, as well as international cooperation, including North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation, as well as public-private partnerships.
Stakeholders are invited to register commitments by selecting from the menu. If what you wish to commit to is not adequately reflected in the menu, you may register your commitment(s) by choosing “other” and filling in the form. It is also possible to update commitments made in 2018 by selecting “Update Existing Commitment”.
Thank you for your interest in submitting a new commitment for GDS2022 or updating a commitment made in 2018! If you are interested in making a commitment but have not yet done so, please contact the GDS Secretariat for more information on how to do so: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A Word Document of the Menu of Commitments can now be downloaded HERE.
- To access the Spanish version of the Menu of Commitments, click HERE.
Thank you for contributing with concrete political commitments that will bring about lasting change for persons with disabilities through joint action and that will promote equality.