The International Disability Alliance (IDA), the Government of Norway, and the Government of Ghana will host the second Global Disability Summit on 16 and 17 February 2022 (GDS22). The Summit will be mainly virtual.


The Summit will mobilize efforts for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the principle of ‘Leave No One Behind’ (LNOB) and building back better and more inclusive with regards to Covid-19.

There will also be a Civil Society Forum, organized by The International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the Atlas Alliance.

For GDS18 we asked our Ambassadors with Down Syndrome for their views on jobs and employment. This is the statement based on their views and presented by Emeric Jeanjean at the Summit.

What is the Global Disability Summit?

The Global Disability Summit offers a concrete mechanism for collecting new, ambitious, and widespread commitments which are critical to achieving real change for persons with disabilities.

The first Global Disability Summit (GDS18), held in 2018, was a historic event for disability inclusion, co-hosted by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of Kenya, and the International Disability Alliance (IDA). The GDS18 inspired unprecedented engagement and generated commitments to action that will help deliver Agenda 2030’s vision to ‘Leave No One Behind’ (LNOB) as well as existing obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The Global Disability Summit Secretariat was established to monitor the implementation of the commitments made at the first Global Disability Summit in 2018 (GDS18). Housed within the International Disability Alliance (IDA), the GDS Secretariat works to provide substantive inputs and coordination of the organisation of the Global Disability Summits.

The Secretariat has established an accountability mechanism to follow the implementation of commitments, supporting stakeholders to achieve the promises they made. They are working with Governments in planning their future Summits and coordinating the participation of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) in the preparation of the Summits and mechanisms that feed into them.

In this video, stakeholders talk about the impact of GDS18 three years later.