International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021

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Join the World Bank and a panel of experts for an event on “Leadership and Participation of Persons with Disabilities.” The event features leaders from government, the private sector, and civil society, in addition to an exciting performance by deaf rapper and performer, Wawa. It commemorates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a discussion on how we can move toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable future in a post-COVID-19 world

Use the following timestamps to navigate different sections of the video.

00:00 Welcome and introductory remarks
03:15 Including persons with disabilities for an inclusive recovery
07:36 Panel introductions: designing accessibility for an inclusive recovery
09:08 Addressing overlapping crises like climate change and COVID-19
16:32 Insights on disability-inclusive transport from Lagos
24:53 Empowering vulnerable populations: Identification for Inclusion
30:36 Inclusive community development
35:46 The role of the private sector and the strength of public-private partnerships
47:50 Resilience during COVID-19 for musicians and artists
52:49 Wawa’s music video: LOUD!
56:07 Closing remarks: inclusion, equity, access

"Designing accessible infrastructure, education programs, and health systems could change the entire trajectory in the life of a person with a disability."

 Mari Pangestu, World Bank

"I look forward to continuing our work together to promote inclusion and expand equitable opportunities for persons with disabilities and ensure the future is indeed accessible."

— Junaid Kamal Ahmad, World Bank

"COVID-19 has shown that emergency response systems in many countries are not designed to be inclusive of persons with disabilities. This is the best time for governments to consult with persons with disabilities."

— Elham Youssefian, International Disability Alliance (IDA)

"Development should be investing in innovation, in best practice. It means including people with disabilities before there’s a crisis."

— Rebecca Cokley, Ford Foundation

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