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A Mozambican ministerial delegation is participating in the Global Disability Summit which begins today in London.
The event is hosted by the United Kingdom government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and co-hosted by the government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance (IDA).
DFID explained, “the Summit will shine a light on the discrimination and stigma faced by up to one billion people globally who have a disability”.
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To stress the importance of people with disabilities being central to any discussion about the topic, the theme of the Summit is “nothing about us without us”.
Britain’s International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, will lead a global call to move from rhetoric to action on improving the lives of disabled people, including some of the poorest and most vulnerable in the world.
Such action is one of the key priorities for joint work between Britain and Mozambique. The British government, through DFID, has supported the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and civil society organisations including the Forum of Mozambican Associations of the Disabled (FAMOD), the Civil Society Support Mechanism (MASC), and Humanity and Inclusion.
Referring to the Summit, DFID stated, “participants will be expected to commit to real, transformative action, and the International Development Secretary will call on delegates to hold each other to account on delivering pledges made at the event”.
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The event will bring together government ministers, business leaders, and disabled people from all over the world. Governments and other organisations will commit to working in partnership with each other to put disabled people and their representative organisations at the front and centre of their work.
There will be four central themes for the Summit, around which the participants will build commitments and showcase best practice. These are tackling stigma and discrimination; inclusive education; routes to economic empowerment; and harnessing technology and innovation.
Commenting on the Summit, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said “the path a person takes in life should not be dictated by their disability and yet people are forced, every day, to deal with prejudice and even violence. That is why the UK’s first ever Global Disability Summit is dedicated to bringing together our international partners and transforming the lives of the world’s most vulnerable and why we are committed to ending discrimination and stigma against disabled people”.
According to the findings of the World Disability Report, which was jointly published by the World Health Organisation and the World Bank in 2011, an estimated one billion people – fifteen per cent of the world’s population – have some form of disability. An estimated eighty per cent of these people live in developing countries.
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Today, at the Global #Disability Summit UNICEF w/ partners launched a new global partnership for assistive technology – AT Scale – that aims to reach 500 million people globally with essential assistive technology by 2030. #NowIsTheTime #ATScale
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UNICEF Mozambique jointly with @DFID_Moz and civil society proudly supporting #Mozambique preparation for the Global Disability Summit #ThisAbility. Commitments are drafted through a truly inclusive process. https://t.co/N9FtyDFNQQ
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