GLAD side-event during 10th COSP


During the 10th Session of the conference of States Parties to the CRPD (13-15 June 2017), the GLAD co-chairs hosted a side-event titled: Coordinating action among the donor community. The side-event worked to increase visibility of GLAD as the core Network for sharing expertise, coordinating actions, and raising the profile of disability-inclusion. It also helped to raise awareness among stakeholders of how they can support priorities under GLAD’s  themes of disability-disaggregated data, disability-inclusive humanitarian action, education and social protection, and demonstrate to potential members the value of future engagement with the Network. The session was moderated by IDA, as co-chair of the Network, and had an Opening Address from Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the UN, HE Ms Gillian Bird.

First Steering Committee Meeting, New York, 17 June 2016


GLAD Network Launch, London, 3 December 2015

The Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network is a coordination body of bilateral and multilateral donors and agencies, the private sector and foundations working to enhance the inclusion of persons with disabilities in international development and humanitarian action.  

GLAD Network members at the second Network meeting in Helsinki

The GLAD Network members work together to take actions consistent with the goals of the Network and the GLAD Network Strategic Plan. The GLAD Network meets at least annually.

The (GLAD) Network was launched in London in December 2015, by a group of like-minded partners who recognise that to realise the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to leave no one behind, and to further the principles reflected in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the international community needs to work together to share expertise, coordinate actions, and raise the profile of disability across a broader range of organisations contributing to international development efforts.

Working group on Education

The International Disability Alliance (IDA) is the permanent co-chair of the GLAD Network, and the current second co-chair is the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

To know more about the GLAD Network members and ways of working, please visit this page or contact glad [at]

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