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Global Disability Summit 2022 – IDDC Commitments

IDDC Committments on strengthening engagement with organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) in particular in the Global South

  1. IDDC commits to supporting good practice among IDDC members and task groups and comparative networks by developing and drafting a guidance note on best practises for meaningful OPD engagement in task group activities, and for sharing with external colleagues. The guidance note will be drafted and various learning sessions will be conducted by the end of 2023.
  2. IDDC commits to providing bilateral discussion/support/learning sessions to different task groups on meaningful engagement of OPDs and persons with disabilities and what the entry points are for this in their activities.
  3. IDDC commits to continue to advocate with EU institutions, providing analyses, evidence and recommendations in order to properly implement the external section 6 of the EU strategy on the rights of persons with disabilities, especially to develop adequate policy and operational tools, staff competence building, partnership with OPDs and other disability-focused organisations.
  4. IDDC commits to foster dialogue and joint initiatives with both OPDs and mainstream NGOs and networks to advocate towards the EU institutions for compliance of EU international cooperation actions with the UNCRPD.
  5. IDDC commits to continuing to advocate for the full implementation of the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy, to ensure greater progress towards the achievement of the SDGS for persons with disabilities and to support greater fulfilment of the UNCRPD. This will be achieved through engaging with UNDIS accountability mechanisms, advocating for greater uptake and implementation of UNDIS with UN agencies in New York and Geneva; and making use of the COSP and other relevant fora (e.g. HLPF) to call attention to progress being made towards the implementation of UNDIS.
  6. IDDC commits to continuing to advocate for the gathering, promotion and use of disability inclusive data that can help to better understand the realities faced by persons with disabilities and the extent to which their rights under the UNCRPD are being met. This will include continuing to host a specific working group on disability data; contributing to global discussions and dialogue on disability inclusive data, including at the World Data Forum and through increasing engagement with the Global Partnership on Sustainable Development Data; and engagement of IDDC members with the Inclusive Data Charter.
  7. IDDC will make efforts to engage with GLAD on inclusive safeguarding and offer to run a session on the importance of donors committing to inclusive safeguarding and how to apply best practice in a programmatic setting.

IDDC Commitments on Inclusive Education

  1. IDDC commits to advocating for increased sustainable long term funding for inclusive education, to support the development of budgeted inclusive education sector plans, and to promote safe, equitable and quality inclusive education policies at national level.
    • Within 2-3 years IDDC will have supported at least 2 advocacy campaigns on the topics mentioned above, and will have contributed to at least 4 international documents ( e.g. statements/ reports) relating to the promotion of the global  inclusive education agenda. 
  2. IDDC commits to advocating for increased capacity building of the education workforce, including workforce members with disabilities to promote safe, equitable, diverse quality provision of inclusive education which meets the diverse needs of all learners, including those with disabilities.
    • Within 2-3 years IDDC will support at least 2 advocacy campaigns on the topics referred to above and will contribute to at least 2 documents (e.g., statements / reports) to promote quality teaching and learning. 
  3. IDDC commits to advocating for incorporating the principles of universal design for learning in all aspects of teaching and learning, including capacity building, assessments, reasonable accommodations and assistive technology to promote targeted support for learners with disabilities, based on individual needs.
    • Within 2 years, publish and disseminate resources that highlight the potential of technology to support inclusive education of children with disabilities and other marginalised groups.
    • Within 2 to 3 years support and contribute to at least 4 international documents (e.g. resources /statements / reports) related to the topics mentioned above.

IDDC Commitments on inclusive livelihoods and social protection

  1. IDDC commits to working in collaboration with GLAD to establish working groups on disability inclusive livelihoods programming (including formal and informal sectors, access to finance, skills and markets) and to keep these active for the duration of the current GLAD strategy through 2023.

IDDC Commitments on Inclusive Health

  1. IDDC will continue to advocate for the promotion of disability inclusion as a precondition for the achievement of universal health coverage. Over the next two years, IDDC will:
    • Work closely with WHO to support the preparation and dissemination of the global report on health and disability;
    • Advocate for the implementation of the World Health Assembly Resolution EB148.R6 on the highest attainable standard of health for persons with disabilities, both through direct advocacy interventions, and as part of our co-chairing role within the GLAD Inclusive Health Working Group;
    • Collaborate with at least two strategic mainstream health partners and contribute to at least five mainstream health events, with a view to promoting disability inclusion as part of universal health coverage and addressing multiple and intersecting discrimination in the health sector, including sexism and ageism.

IDDC Commitments on Gender

  1. IDDC commits to working towards the inclusion of all women and girls with disabilities in all aspects of the Consortium’s work. We will achieve this through advocating for the equal participation of all people with disabilities, with specific emphasis on the empowerment of women and girls, and we will advocate for the acceleration of the achievement of gender equality in all situations, including in the representation of the network in external fora, which will include specific support and partnerships with women-led OPDs.
  2. IDDC will offer an annual community of practice session to IDDC membership where organisations are invited to share challenges, successes, and learnings in delivering disability inclusive safeguarding. The IDDC will additionally develop a guidance note on the best ways to meaningfully engage with OPDs on safeguarding; with a focus on engaging and empowering women and girls in OPDs, to help discourage harm, abuse and exploitation and improve accountability in reporting systems.