More than 100 countries registered so far for the World Blindness Summit "WBSMadrid2021"

In a couple of days, over 1000 blind and visually impaired persons from all over the world have signed up for the World Blindness Summit Madrid 2021

The World Blind Summit 2021, to be held in Madrid between 28 and 31 June, has opened the registration period for WBS Madrid 2021 and, in just two weeks, more than 100 countries around the world and over 1000 blind and visually impaired persons have signed up for the event that will mark their future in the coming years.

This is a historic summit, which was already postponed for a year due to the pandemic, that will point the way for the more than 285 million blind people there are in the world through their participation in over 50 online and blended conferences and webinars with Madrid as the nerve centre.

Among those registered, from all continents, the following stand out: Mexico (58 participants), Indonesia (36), Argentina and Chile (27 each); Canada (62); Australia (14); United States (25); Philippines (57) or India (10). In addition, there will be representation of blind people from countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Ghana, Haiti, Nepal, Kenya, Norway, South Africa and Finland; or from other more unknown but very present countries such as Fiji, Belize, Kyrgyzstan, Togo, Lesotho, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and South Sudan.

The World Blindness Summit Madrid 2021 is a unique meeting that is organised in Madrid by the ONCE Social Group and promoted by the World Blind Union (WBU) and ICEVI (the entity that brings together the world's leading experts in education for the blind).

The inclusion of the visually impaired is one of the main challenges of the event, thus promoting one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.


The ONCE’s country

Around 285 million people in the world are visually impaired, 90% of whom live in developing countries, where needs are greatest.

Hence the importance of the participation, already guaranteed, of representatives of blind people from places like Uganda, Burkina Faso, Iraq or Vietnam, a unique opportunity to see how visual impairment is treated in Spain and in the entire world.

The summit, which will use a platform that is accessible to blind people from anywhere in the world, is planned in three languages (Spanish, English and French) to enable access and knowledge, and it will address the need for education, employment, accessibility and real inclusion of blind people in the world, from a perspective of development, respect and implementation of their rights.

Spain, known among blind people around the world as "the ONCE’s country", will host the event and display the unique model of the ONCE Social Group as an ally in the daily lives of people with disabilities and active collaborator in social activism throughout the world.

This and other information can be found on the official website of the World Blindness Summit Madrid 2020,