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Sightsavers welcomes UK announcement of global disability summit

November 2017
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The UK government will hold a global disability summit in July 2018, Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt has announced.

Last year the UK Department for International Development (DFID) published its bilateral Development Review, which for the first time set out its global vision for disability inclusion. The UK is now honouring this by pledging to host the first ever global summit on disability, highlighting its continued commitment to disability rights.

Sightsavers’ Put Us in the Picture campaign has highlighted that people with disabilities in developing countries are among the world’s most marginalised people, yet disability continues to be a neglected area of development.

A summit on the scale proposed by the UK government has the potential to make a huge impact in the lives of people with disabilities, and ensure that global leaders live up to the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to ‘leave no one behind’ in tackling extreme poverty and climate change.

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