Yesterday, UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey, appeared on NTV’s AM Live programme as part of a panel discussion on disability inclusion ahead of next week’s Disability Summit in London.
Jointly hosted by the UK and Kenyan governments with the International Disability Alliance, the summit 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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Discussing the need for the summit alongside Samuel Kabue and Isaac Mwaura, Mr Hailey said that despite a billion people, or 1 in 7, living with a disability and four fifths of them in the developing world, there had never been a global disability summit before.
“The whole point of this summit is to leave no one behind. If we are going to develop fairly and justly in a way that brings prosperity and dignity to everybody, we’ve got to make sure we leave nobody behind,” the High Commissioner explained.
He also said that disability summits should be centred on and shaped around on the needs of disabled people, but added the caveat that “everyone needs to be involved”.