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17-25 June 2023

Global Forum for Inclusion (GF)

With the Global Forum for Inclusion, we are implementing an innovative, inclusive and interdisciplinary conference format as part of the Special Olympics World Games, which has its roots in the goals of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): The "full participation and inclusion of persons with intellectual disabilities in society."

The Global Forum will take place for the first time at the World Games and will enable a direct exchange between participants and government representatives from around the world, leading economists, international academics and researchers, as well as representatives of civil society and international NGOs.

During the Global Forum for Inclusion, the "Berlin Declaration" is presented. It contains general demands on the topic of inclusion and how it can be improved internationally. Anyone who feels that these points are worthy of support can digitally sign the Declaration here. The full text of the Berlin Declaration can be viewed and, if desired, downloaded here.

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When: 17 to 18 June 2023
Where: Messe Berlin

The current programme of the GF - Partnering for Action can be found here. Participation in the congresses is only possible with an invitation. Please find herethe Global Forum Guidebook in which you find a lot of interesting information about the congress

You can watch the individual speeches as well as the panel discussions that took place in Hall 7.2c (Dublin) here. All contributions are in English.

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For a better world

At the Global Forum, everyone comes together to exchange ideas and to jointly develop new ways and approaches for more inclusion on a global level. Best examples and new ideas in the fields of "Inclusive Education", "Inclusive Communities - Access for All" and "International Development and Cooperation" will be discussed together during the two days of the conference:

  • Keynote speeches
  • Panel discussions
  • Breakout sessions
  • Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Roundtable discussions
  • Workshops
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