Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW) has hosted a discussion on migration, refugees and persons with disabilities in preparation for the Doha International Conference on Disability and Development (DICDD) scheduled to take place next Saturday under the theme of “Leaving no one behind”.
The discussion brought together several dignitaries and subject-matter experts including: Ms. Amal bint Abdul Latif Al-Mannai, CEO of QFSW; H.E. Sheikha Hessa bint Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Thani, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the Arab League for Humanitarian Affairs; and representatives from UNHCR office in Doha; Qatar Fund for Development; Qatar Charity.
The participants discussed the alarming surge in the number of refugees and migrants over the past 15 years across the globe.
Speakers tackled the challenges faced by refugees with disabilities. According to the World Health Organization recent reports, there are 2-3 million forced migrants around the world, 25% of which are children.
“Refugees with disabilities, are facing a myriad of challenges. It is our responsibility to help them overcome everyday obstacles and increase their inclusion in the community”, Amal bint Abdul Latif Al-Mannai, the CEO of QFSW, said.
DICDD will take place from December 7-8, 2019, at Qatar National Convention Centre Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Founder of QFSW.
The conference will culminate with the announcement of the ‘Doha Declaration’, which, in the context of disability, will represent a milestone in the history of human rights and sustainable development. The Doha Declaration will be a core reference point for policy development in these areas on a global scale.