UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey, yesterday held a reception for the Kenyan delegation attending the Disability Summit in London later this month.
The reception followed Mr Hailey’s appearance on a Kenyan sign-language television station.
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Speaking at the reception, the High Commissioner said: “Today, we are committed more than ever to ensuring that people with disabilities are not left behind, that they are supported to their full potential.”
“The UK was thrilled when the Government of Kenya agreed to co-host the Summit. Kenya is rightly recognized as a leader on disability inclusion and there is much that the UK & other countries can learn from you,” he added.
During the event, guests also heard from Ms Alice Wairimu, an inspiring young lady with a disability, who challenged leaders to ensure the rights and concerns of children with disabilities are also considered at the Summit.
Other speakers included Mr Anderson Gitonga, CEO of the United Disabled Persons of Kenya and the Cabinet Secretary for Labour and Social Protection, Hon Ukur Yatani.
Along with co-hosts the International Disability Alliance and the Government of Kenya, the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) will host the inaugral Global Disability Summit at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 24 July.