Sightsavers’ Uganda country office has taken part in a National Disability Dialogue hosted by the Ugandan government, which announced a set of national commitments towards disability inclusion ahead of the Global Disability Summit being held in London in July.
Hosted by the Hon Janat Mukwaya, Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development in Kampala, the dialogue emphasised how Uganda can achieve the aim of the Sustainable Development Goals to leave no one behind, including the estimated one billion people with disabilities.
Sightsavers’ Uganda country office was one of the disability partners that took part in the dialogue, alongside disabled people’s organisations, UN agencies and donor governments.
The commitments launched by the Ugandan government come ahead of the Global Disability Summit, which will take place on 24 July 2018 in London. Prior to the summit, national governments are holding dialogues and consultations to identify and discuss the disability inclusion commitments they plan to pledge, to ensure people with disabilities are included in global development.
The Ugandan government’s comprehensive set of commitments are aligned to the four themes of the global disability summit:
- Tackling stigma and discrimination
- Inclusion in education
- Economic empowerment
- Harnessing technology and innovation
Dr Johnson Ngorok, Country Director of Sightsavers Uganda, said: “The National Disability Dialogue meeting provided a forum for the disability fraternity to engage in discussion with policy makers, who included government officials, the donor community and UN agencies. It was gratifying to hear the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development offer government assurance to implement the commitments and the pledge from the donor community for its continued support.”
The Global Disability Summit, hosted by the UK government, the government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance, aims to celebrate the rights and achievements of people with disabilities and ensure solid commitments are made to ensure lasting change in the lives of people with disabilities.