The academia, research institutions, civil society organizations, government bodies and developmental agencies were important contributors to the issues addressed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This conference is based on the broad concept of inclusion in the context of a commitment to education for all and equitable access to healthcare irrespective of disability, gender, socio-economic class, sexuality or factors that reinforce marginalization will contribute directly to the attainment of five of the SDGs namely:
Goal 1 – End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 10 – Reduce inequality within and among countries
It is identified that multi-stakeholder partnerships will mobilize experts in various fields to share knowledge and promote technological development as well as improve resource mobilization which is essential to achieve the SDGs.
The maiden edition of the conference in 2017 provided a national platform for academics, students, service providers, NGOs, developmental and government agencies to interact, share ideas and present research findings on issues pertaining to inclusivity, equality, and diversity (IED). The resultant effect of this sensitization and awareness creation is the demand for a second conference to consolidate and improve on the gains of the dialogue.
This second conference seeks to set the agenda for mainstreaming IED into all spheres of human interaction and development including healthcare and education.
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