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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.

When: 17 to 18 June 2023
Where: Messe Berlin

Participation in the congresses is only possible with an invitation.

Some of the sessions can nevertheless be followed here on the site via livestream. More information will follow soon.

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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 practices and new ideas for inclusive communities, inclusive education and inclusive development work will be discussed during the two-day event in the following conference formats:

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


Global Leadership Coalition for Inclusion

Part of the two-day conference, which will be attended by approximately 750 participants, will also include the presentation of the Global Leadership Coalition for Inclusion, in which various governments have agreed to set committed goals and benchmarks for the expansion of sports, education, cultural and health services for people with intellectual disabilities in their respective countries, and to follow through and implement them.

To this end, heads of state and government from around the world will be present to both celebrate the launch of this initiative and to hear first-hand how inclusion can be implemented.