Global Disability Summit
The Global Disability Summit (GDS) is a meeting that promotes and supports inclusive and disability-friendly development in the world through the formulation and dissemination of agreements and declarations. Through the Summit, attention is given to this issue and commitment is pooled to enable full inclusion.
At the GDS, international agreements are reached on how to further promote the implementation of the 2030 Agenda with its vision "Leave No One Behind" and the already existing UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As part of this summit, side events are organised by (civil society) organisations and foundations to strengthen knowledge and awareness of the inclusion of persons with disabilities.
The first GDS took place in London in 2018 and was hosted by the United Kingdom, the Government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance (IDA). In 2022, the second GDS was held in Norway. This time, the governments of Norway and Ghana and the IDA hosted the summit. In 2025, Germany will host the third GDS together with Jordan.
Side events of the GDS 2022:
- Complex Care & Disability-Inclusive Humanitarian Action in War and Conflict
- Advancing Disability Rights through Multidisciplinary Care
- Global Health: Strengthening Disability Inclusion in Mainstream Health Services
- It’s the People who are Neglected More Than the Diseases: Why Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Should Be Part of the Disability Conversation
- Beyond One Size Fits All: Advancing Inclusive Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Young People with Disabilities