Global Disability Summit

On 24 July 2018, the UK government co-hosted a global disability summit in London to celebrate the achievements and rights of people with disabilities.

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The UK government, with the government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance, hosted a global disability summit in London on 24 July 2018.

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) aimed to make the summit a celebration of the achievements and rights of people with disabilities, while ensuring that commitments were made that would create lasting change for people with disabilities around the world.

On 23 July, the day before the summit, a civil society day was hosted by the International Disability Alliance.

Sightsavers praised the summit’s success and welcomed the commitments made. Tessa Murphy, manager of Sightsavers’ Put Us in the Picture campaign, said: “The summit was a significant moment for Put Us in the Picture. For nearly five years we’ve been calling on the UK government to prioritise the rights of people with disabilities and the summit shows how seriously DFID takes this need.

“With the summit over, and a host of potential life-changing commitments made, the work now begins to ensure that pledges go from words to action. Today, we are one large step closer to making a disability-inclusive world a reality.”

Find out more about our campaign and the summit


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