Global Disability Summit sparks 170 commitments to tackle stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities

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Global Disability Summit sparks 170 commitments to tackle stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities
The UK Government’s first ever Global Disability Summit has yielded ambitious commitments from a host of governments and other organisations.
24 July 2018 DFID Press release
:: The Global Disability Summit has resulted in 170 ambitious commitments from all over the world to take action on stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities
:: The commitments follow the call to “move from rhetoric to action” from the International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, in the build up to the Summit
:: 301 organisations and governments have signed the Charter for Change – an action plan to implement the UN International Convention on Disability

The UK Government’s first ever Global Disability Summit has yielded ambitious commitments from a host of governments and other organisations to tackle discrimination and stigma against peop
le with disabilities…

Among the most significant pledges made were commitments to pass transformative new laws to protect the rights of people with disabilities, as well as assurances to help those affected by humanitarian crises. There were also commitments to help people with disabilities to access vital technology and work with the private sector around the world to reduce their prices.
:: Nine national governments have committed to passing or formulating new or revised laws to give people with disabilities greater rights in the countries in which they live
:: 18 governments and other organisations have committed to new action plans on disability inclusion
:: 33 governments and other organisations have pledged to specifically support more people with disabilities affected by humanitarian crises – this includes the Australian government who will give $16.4m to support disability inclusive action in response to the Syria crisis
:: Nine organisations and governments, including USAID, The World Health Organisation and UNICEF, have, along with the UK, joined the Global Partnership on assistive technology, aimed at transforming access to, and the affordability of, life changing devices and basic technology, like wheelchairs and glasses

Seven UN agencies attended the Summit, and they committed to change the way they include people with disabilities into their work…