Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development

The Global Disability Summit 2018 - Charter for Change

Published: 10:26 AM 18-07-2018 Updated: 08:50 AM 19-07-2018

We gather here in London and across the world to achieve a common aim to ensure the rights, freedoms, dignity and inclusion for all persons with disabilities.

Important progress has been made in the decade since the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). But we must do more. We must strive for real change through the Convention’s implementation and the delivery of the

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for persons with disabilities.

The ‘Charter for Change’ is the official legacy document of the Global Disability Summit on 24 July in London. This will ensure global consensus to address a long-neglected issue, and support the rights of persons with disabilities around the world. If your organisation wants to sign up to the Charter, you can email “Yes” along with your organisation name to the email address to



Now is the time!

So, today we commit to:

  1. Catalyse political will and leadership to turn our promises into change in long term plans that we invest in implement and review.
  2. Promote the leadership and diverse representation of all Persons with disabilities to be front and centre of change as leaders, partners and advocates. This includes the active involvement and close consultation of persons with disabilities of all ages.
  3. Eliminate stigma and discrimination through legislation and policies that make a difference promoting meaningful leadership, and consistently challenging harmful attitudes and practices. All people deserve dignity and respect.
  4. Progress and support actions that advance inclusive quality education for people with disabilities, with the necessary resources to put plans into practice; every child has the right to learn from birth.
  5. Open up routes to economic empowerment and financial inclusion so that persons with disabilities can enjoy decent work and achieve financial independence. This will mean creating more and better jobs, providing social protection, ensuring the necessary skills training, making workplaces accessible and hiring people with disabilities.
  6. Revolutionise the availability and affordability of appropriate assistive technology, including digital, which will enable persons with disabilities to fully participate and contribute to society.
  7. Change practices to make all humanitarian action fully inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities. We will mainstream inclusion across all Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and humanitarian sectors, and implement our commitments in the Charter ‘Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action’.
  8. ‘Leave no one behind’ and put the furthest behind first. We will champion the rights of the most underrepresented and marginalized persons with disabilities, of all ages, affected by any form of multiple discrimination, and notably women and girls with disabilities.
  9. Gather and use better data and evidence to understand and address the scale, and nature, of challenges faced by persons with disabilities, using tested tools including the Washington Group Disability Question Sets.
  10. Hold ourselves and others to account for the promises we have made here today. We agree that our individual commitments will be reviewed, assessed and published on a regular basis, with the results published online.