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1st Annual Global Disability Summit Yields 170 New Commitments
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1st Annual Global Disability Summit Yields 170 New Commitments

More than 800 representatives from government and humanitarian communities around the globe gathered in London on Tuesday, July 24 for the first Global Disability Summit.

The summit was facilitated by the U.K. Department for International Development, the Kenyan government and the International Disability Alliance, and this is the first time humanitarian and development communities have met up formally to think on the most proficient method to make the world inclusive to individuals with disabilities. The representatives talked about: Addressing stigma; supporting inclusive education; economic empowerment; and technology and providing better access to devices.

The global summit yielded 170 commitments to increase inclusiveness in underdeveloped countries. According to the United Kingdom government, the support and commitments will range from education for people with disabilities, to distribution of free mobility gadgets and enforcement of new global charters on disability.

Despite the fact that the summit was not a pledge conference, financial pledges were made. The Australian government made a pledge of $17 million to help a disability inclusive program in Syria, and the United Nations said it would donate $3 million to fund an End Violence Against Women initiative and nine different projects that will profit 8,000 women and girls with disabilities.

The World Bank pledged to ensure that all bank-financed community development projects are inclusive by 2025. It will also scale up the development and utilization of data on disability. The United Nations Children Fund will also help an extra 30 million children with disabilities pick up a top-notch training program by 2030 through projects in more than 140 nations.

UNICEF's Executive Director Henrietta Fore said that their main goal at UNICEF is to ensure children with disabilities enjoy quality education and have a better overall quality of life. 

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