2013 Global Development Summit

The first Special Olympics Global Development Summit gathered some of the best minds from around the world to explore ways to "End the Cycle of Poverty and Exclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities." Participants in the 30 January summit included government officials, human rights activists, as well as leaders from the sports and business world. There's no easy answer to the questions raised. But, as one activist noted, "When we bring our skills together, we are unstoppable."

An introduction to the Summit and the issues it addressed Development Summit
Watch Aung San Suu Kyi’s keynote speech from the Summit. Panel 2
Watch panel: The Power of One to Effect Change Power of One
Read the PyeongChang Declaration Development Summit
180x120 Tim Shriver Comments
Opening Session

The Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics opens the Global Development Summit.

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180x 120 ASSK Comments
Keynote Address

A Nobel Peace Prize-winner and longtime Myanmar human rights activist's address.

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180x120 Joyce. Banda Comments
Thinking Bigger

The President of Malawi challenges attendees to think bigger and do better.

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Suneedhi: a Girl, a Clinic, a Dream

For a dental surgeon such as myself, screening was just the first step! i felt we needed to go beyond examinations to ensuring people with intellectual disability got any treatment that they needed. I felt I could help more. read more »

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