No One Left Behind: Latin America and the Caribbean Satellite Summit to be held online on February 10

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The Satellite Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean in the framework of the Global Disability Summit will be held virtually on February 10, 2022 to  promote the rights of persons with disabilities. This event, organized by the Government of the Republic of Panama, the Committee on the Elimination of  All Forms of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities of the Organization of American States (CEDDIS-OAS), the Department of Social Inclusion of the OAS, the International Disability  Alliance (IDA), the Latin American Network of Organizations of Persons with  Disabilities and their Families (RIADIS) and the ONCE Social Group, is a call to  States to commit to a more inclusive world and assume the commitment of  inclusion.  

No one is left behind  

Currently, according to World Bank figures, approximately 85 million people with disabilities live in Latin America and the Caribbean. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected the access of persons with  disabilities to health, education, work, economy, and the 2022 Satellite Summit on Disability is critical to mobilize and promote the rights of this  sector of the population and help ensure that they live with dignity. The  activity will feature several panels of recognized experts with extensive  experience in the promotion and protection of the human rights of persons  with disabilities.  

According to Juan Angel De Gouveia, president of RIADIS, «it is vitally important  that we make measurable and lasting commitments to inclusion and  accessibility, and that States, international agencies, private companies and  civil society organizations attend the meeting and join forces to ensure that no  one is left behind».  

The objective of the Summit is to generate regional and national commitments  and call to action multiple actors in the region that facilitate the scope and  implementation of policies and programs with cross-cutting axes of disability  and with clear and harmonized approaches to the United Nations Convention  on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the Inter-American  Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Persons  with Disabilities (CIADDIS), the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development  Goals (SDGs).  

Time to commit to change  

«We hope that the Summit will result in concrete political commitments that  will generate genuine change for people with disabilities and help reduce  inequalities and promote inclusive development, accessibility and  humanitarian action, guided by a human rights approach,» explained De  Gouveia.  

The Latin America and Caribbean Satellite Summit will address issues such as  international cooperation for development, inclusive health, inclusive  education, inclusive employment and livelihoods, capacity building of  organizations of persons with disabilities in the Global South, inclusion in  situations of displacement, crisis and conflict, and international cooperation  for development.  

Individuals, organizations or institutions interested in participating can register  at: The registration will allow us to have a characterization of the organizations and persons interested. 

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Satellite Summit 2022: Latin America and the Caribbean will have  its place at the World Summit on Disability  

The Satellite Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean in the framework of the Global Disability Summit.  

Date: February 10, 2022  

Mode: Virtual  


8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El  Salvador.  

9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru.  

10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Venezuela,  Bolivia.  

11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Brasil

3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Spain – CET  

Objective: Identify progress and good practices; promote the formulation of  specific and concrete commitments on human rights, disability and inclusive  development in the region; enhance global, regional and national attention to  achieve sustainable inclusive development and strengthen the capacity of  organizations of persons with disabilities in developing countries, among  others.  

Inclusive health and education, along with inclusion in situations of  displacement, crisis and conflict, will be some of the key issues to be addressed  at the Satellite Summit. 

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