Leadership and participation

Toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.

(Shared statement)

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A disability-inclusive pandemic response and recovery should be guided by persons with disabilities themselves, forge partnerships, tackle injustice and discrimination, expand access to technology and strengthen institutions to create a more inclusive, accessible, and sustainable post- COVID-19 world.” (Secretary- General’s Message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021)

We, people with disabilities, we have learned about the measures taken to protect people from COVID-19 that 

  • Digital and web accessibility becomes vital for peoples with disabilities when the majority of social interactions take place via Internet networks.
  • Whilst much has been done, there is much more that can be done to protect people with disability around the world 
    as the WHO clearly shows the number of infections and deaths from COVID-19 in each country and region ...


Based on its experience and those of its members around the world, DPI supports much greater access by the poorer world nations to adequate supplies of the COVID-19.

Vaccines donated by the wealthy developed nations should include training for health workers in how to store and administer the vaccines in safety and keep records of those who have received the vaccination.

These additional donations should be accompanied by support with education programs including the use of the electronic media in all the local languages which encourage and support the need for vaccination against COVID-19.

Pandemic responses and recovery must be inclusive and supportive of the participation of all talents to the global challenges and SDGs, and in particular of those who are banned on the basis of their disability and who should be supported to express their talents on the basis of their abilities, and thus contribute to the building of the sustainable and therefore accessible world we collectively need.