March 19, 2021

Join us at the GDS+2 Years Report launching | March 25, 9h (EDT)/ 14h (CET)

On March 25, the Global Disability Summit Secretariat is hosting a webinar to launch the report “GDS + 2 Years: progress on the implementation of the GDS 18 commitments”. The findings of this work helps us understand the progress made since the first GDS, and will be a key resource for the planning of the next one, hosted by Norway in February of 2022.

The 2018 Global Disability Summit in London was intended to start a new wave in the disability rights movement. The impact already felt, and the likely impact of the delivery of further commitments remain exciting and transformative. With the planning for a second Global Disability Summit already underway, the GDS+2 Years report is a timely resource, to inform not only important aspects of its planning, but also the national and regional consultations with organizations of persons with disabilities that will inform the next Summit’s themes, priorities and preparations. In total, 20 workshops are planned across all regions of the world.

The GDS+2 Years report provides critical information on the progress made by national governments, multilateral agencies, donors, foundations, private sector and civil society organisations in the almost 1000 commitments adopted in 2018. The numerous examples and case studies included indicate the breadth of work that the GDS process contributed to galvanise. Those examples include the adoption of the OECD-DAC Disability marker by national development agencies such as Australia’s DFAT, Sweden’s SIDA and Canada’s GAC, and UNICEF’s success in implementing programmes that are inclusive of children with disabilities in 53 countries, far-surpassing its original target of 35 countries, among many others.

By showing the positive, ongoing impact of the previous GDS, this report demonstrates what the next one can achieve. Organisations that took part in the 2018 GDS are today acting as disability champions. We hope that those governments and organisations, as well as others that are new to disability inclusion, will be inspired to strengthen their resolve around disability inclusion and, when the time comes, join the next Summit to build on GDS18’s successes. 

The full report is now available here.

The Recording of the English Session is avaible here.

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