CBM Kenya prepares for Disability Summit in London

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Some of the guests at the pre-disability summit reception at UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey's residence in Nairobi. Photo: Twitter/CBMuk

On 24th July, the inaugral Global Disability Summit will take place in London, co-hosted by the UK Government, the Government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance.

The event, which will bring together more than 700 delegates from governments, companies, charities and disabled people’s organisations aims to focus global attention on the need to build a more inclusive world, mobilise new global and national commitments and showcase good practice, innovation and evidence.

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Nic Hailey with guests at the pre-disability summit reception at his residence in Nairobi. Photo: Twitter/CBMuk

CBM (previously known as Christian Blind Mission) has been contributing expertise and examples of good practice at national events around the world including Kenya.

“We were part of the planning committee for the Kenyan Government’s pre-summit on 24th May, which aimed to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to engage on a self-assessment in regard to commitment to disability inclusion, share stories of success, identify gaps and come up with measures and commitments to address these gaps. The outcome of the pre-summit was to develop consensus on commitments the government would like to consider,” CBM Programme Manager, Nerea Thigo explained.

“We also worked with Save the Children International to help bring the voices of children with disabilities to the pre-summit and we hope that these will be raised at the London summit too and incorporated into the final commitments,” she added.

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Nic Hailey signs the introduction to his address at the pre-summit reception. Photo: Twitter/CBMuk

Last week, representatives from CBM joined the UK High Commissioner, Nic Hailey, at a pre-summit reception at his residence in Nairobi. During the event, Mr Hailey signed the introduction to his address, a gesture which was clearly welcomed by attendees.