FIRST GLOBAL FORUM ON DISABILITY : VOICE OF OUR OWN
Among the world's 1 billion people with disabilities, 800 million live in the Global South. The World Bank reports that people with disabilities comprise 20 percent of the world’s poorest of the poor, in fact majority of them are in the developing countries that have been experiencing a higher risk of living in poverty, deprivation and neglect.
At the global level, unfortunately the voice of disabled people from Global South has not found sufficient resonance in the policy making and decision making processes. This must be changed if we and the whole international community are committed towards ensuring an inclusive development agenda.
Disability is both human rights and development issue.
DPI, together with World Disability Union (WDU), the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technologies (G3ict), and the Global Alliance on Accessible Technology and Environments (GAATES), proposes to organize the first Global Forum on Disability Voice of our Own on 9th June 2014, in conjunction with the 7th Conference of States Parties.