The ILO, UNICEF, UNPRPD, IDA and other partners are organising the first Global Virtual ConferenceDisability-Social Protection-Inclusion: Dialogue for Change“.

When: 16-17 March 2022 at 2:00 – 5:30 pm (CET).

Registration link: Disability – Social Protection – Inclusion: Dialogue for Change

Language: Interpretation in French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian will be available, as well as sign language and captioning.

Following the 2019 Joint Statement on inclusive social protection systems, the disability and social protection communities have worked intensely over three years to create momentum, enhance awareness, strengthen capacities, and build evidence on building disability-inclusive social protection systems. In parallel to the work of WB, GIZ and others, the related UNPRPD financed programme implemented jointly by ILO, UNICEF, and IDA in collaboration with many partners and strong engagement of Disabled persons’ organisations (DPOs), has been an important catalyst for this work. However, as the programme is coming to an end in March 2022, it is crucial to take stock of where we stand – and the next steps in our journey – to ensure adequate and comprehensive social protection benefits are accessible for all people with disabilities. 

The Conference, which is co-funded by the European Union through the SP&PFM Programme, aims to bring together key actors working on disability-inclusive social protection; show-case current thinking on key issues of disability-inclusive social protection and strengthen momentum for building disability-inclusive social protection systems and create a joint vision on how to move forward. To this end, the Conference will have a high-level segment, with technical sessions on key questions around designing and implementing disability-inclusive social protection policies, programmes, and delivery mechanisms, as well as sessions to report on a series of regional webinars that discussed trends specific to certain country contexts and an event of DPOs.

In particular, the Conference will discuss national experiences in leveraging social protection for the inclusion of people with disabilities along the life cycle, addressing critical issues such as

  • Measuring disability-related extra costs
  • Designing cash transfers for inclusion
  • Coverage of health care costs and assistive devices
  • Disability assessment and identification