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Regional Summits & Roundtables

The GDS Regional Summits & Roundtables aim to entrench the GDS Mechanism at the regional level, and mobilize efforts for commitments.

We believe in the importance of building upon the momentum created by the Global Disability Summit (GDS), both in the lead up to it and in its aftermath, worldwide. To this extent, International Disability Alliance (IDA), will be facilitating the organization of regional satellite summits & roundtables in connection with the Global Disability Summit 2022 (GDS22). Regional Satellite Summits will aspire to entrench the GDS mechanism at the regional level, through channels such as the Arab League, the African Union, the European Union etc., with the objective to facilitate the organization of summits in the future.

Regional Summits 

All regional summits will be organized in the week leading up to the GDS22, between 8 and 18 February, 2022. All organizers of Regional Satellite Summits will be invited to prepare a statement to be read at the GDS.

High Level Regional Summit for Asia: Sustainable and Inclusive Employment of Persons with Disabilities after COVID-19
16 February 2022, 4.00 - 7.00 PM KST
Disabled Peoples, International Korea is inviting you to the online High-Level Asian Regional Disability Summit on Sustainable and Inclusive Employment of Persons with Disabilities after COVID-19 together with International Disability Alliance (IDA) and ASEAN Disability Forum on 16th February 2022 from 4.00 to 7.00 PM KST. Join us at the Summit next month on 16th February 2022. 
You can register hereYou can download the invitation for the Regional Summit for Asia here. You can download concept note for the Regional Summit for Asia hereYou can download the flyer here.

High Level Pacific Regional Summit
16 February 2022, 01.00 PM Fiji Islands, Marshall Islands
Australia and New Zealand, with Pacific regional partners the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF), hosted a Pacific Satellite Summit on 16 February 2022 in the lead up to the Global Disability Summit. You can see recording from the main room here. You can watch the session Inclusion in Situation of Crisis and Conflict, including a focus on Climate Change here. You can watch the session on Inclusive Education hereYou can watch the session on Capacity - Strengthening of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities here.
Download the Pacific Islands Forum Statement at the Global Disability Summit.
You can download the concept note for the event here. You can download the agenda here. You can download the poster here.



WeThe15 Roundtable, Key Learnings to Date and what Comes Next
16 February 2022, 6.00 – 7.00 PM CET
By bringing together the biggest coalition ever of international organisations from the worlds of sport, civil society, human rights, policy, business and arts, and entertainment, WeThe15 increased awareness that 15% of the world’s population are persons with disabilities to record levels, provoking global conversations at all levels of society. On 16 February, WeThe15 hosted a roundtable to hear from some of the key protagonists behind the WeThe15 movement. You could register for the event here. You can download a concept note for the event here.

Private Sector Roundtable, Disability is Everyone's Business
17 February 2022, 01.00 - 02.00 PM CET
Sightsavers, The Valuable 500, International Labour Organization and Business Disability International organized a roundtable, where leaders from the private sector and leaders of the disability movement came together to highlight examples of innovative partnerships with businesses in Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. You can download the recording from the event here. You could register here. You can download the flyer here.