EDF launches today its toolkit for Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) on how to get their governments involved in the Global Disability Summit.
The Government of Norway, the Government of Ghana and the International Disability Alliance (IDA), in collaboration with the Atlas Alliance will co-host the second Global Disability Summit (GDS22) on the 16th and 17th February 2022. The GDS22 will accelerate the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Sustainable Developments Goals, as well as the previous commitments made during GDS18.
The European Regional Disability Summit is organized by WHO Regional Office for Europe, UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia and EDF, under the auspices of the Global Disability Summit. It will discuss how international cooperation in the broader European region can become inclusive of persons with disabilities. An outcome document proposing future commitments and solutions will be presented for adoption during the Regional Summit and presented at the Global Disability Summit.
The toolkit is designed for EDF members and DPOs from larger Europe. It aims to
- Meaningfully involve DPOs in both the Global Disability Summit and the European Regional Disability Summit on international cooperation.
- Influence the commitments that will come out of these processes and ensure that these include the priorities of the disability movement on the European continent.
- Use the Summits for national, European and international advocacy on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Sustainable Developments Goals.
The toolkit includes a template letter for DPOs to send to their national governments and other suggestions on how DPOs can get their ministries to make commitments to advance the rights of persons with disabilities. The toolkit will soon be available in Russian and Easy to Read.
A survey is currently also available to give your input ahead of both Summits. The deadline is 22nd November.
On 14th December, EDF and the International Disability Alliance will hold another consultation meeting for DPOs. The meeting will provide information on the programmes for both Summits, the kind of commitments that governments and other stakeholders can make, and the ways DPOs can be involved, including via de Civil Society Forum.
Please go ahead, read our advocacy toolkit and learn more about the Summits, how to register and how to involve your national governments.
For more information, please contact An-Sofie Leenknecht, EDF Human Rights Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Link to the toolkit in Word format
Consultation workshop on Global Disability Summit
A consultation meeting for DPOs will take place on 14th December 2021, providing an update on EDFs work, the programmes for Global Disability Summit 2022 and the European Regional Disability Summit. It will also explain the menu of commitments and discuss ways on how to get your governments involved in the GDS22.