Global Virtual Conference on Social Protection and Persons with Disabilities

GENEVA (ILO News) – A global virtual conference on how to include people with disabilities in social protection systems will take place on March 16-17, 2022.

The conference Disability – Social Protection – Inclusion: Dialogue for Change will address a wide range of issues, including country practices, how to combine different benefits and services to provide income security, covering additional costs related to disability and the access to health care and other necessary services for people with disabilities.

Sessions will also address the changing needs of persons with disabilities throughout their life cycle, data on disability, mechanisms for determining and assessing disability, and financing of social protection for persons with disabilities.

People with disabilities face increased expenses and are more prone to poverty due to barriers to accessing employment, education, health care and support services. Social protection is essential to support the social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities, as evidenced by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and, at regional level , initiatives such as the Implementation of the Incheon Strategy by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and report of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). However, in most countries, the majority of people with disabilities do not benefit from effective social protection.

The conference is organized by the International Labor Organization in conjunction with UNICEF and a broad coalition of partners, including the World Bank, the United Nations Partnership for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD), the Asian Development Bank (ADB ), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia. and the Pacific (ESCAP), the International Development Association (IDA), the British Commonwealth and Overseas Development Office (FCDO), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and (DFAT), the United Nations Joint Fund for the SDGs and the EU Program on Social Protection and Public Financial Management. It will mark the end of the UNPRPD-funded program, Towards Inclusive Social Protection to Advance the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Interpretation in Arabic, French, International Sign Language, Russian, Spanish, as well as captioning services will be available.

The conference takes place from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is open to the public. You can register online. Recordings of the sessions will be available on the conference webpage.

Joel C. Hicks