Day of Person with Disability
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES 2019
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- International Day of the People with Disabilities (IDPwD) is also known as “World Disabled Day”. It is observed on 3 December every year to raise awareness and develop an understanding to accept people with disabilities by the United Nations.
- World Disability Day aims at increasing public awareness, understanding and accepting people with disability and celebrating their achievements and contributions.
- The International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed by United Nations General Assembly in 1992 by resolution 47/3, and it was recognized officially to promote compassion and acceptance of disability issues and provide support for the self-respect, rights and better living of disabled persons. The United Nations General Assembly notified 1981 as the “International Year of Disabled Persons”.
- Each year the UN announces a theme to observe for International Day of People with Disability. The annual theme provides an overarching focus on how society can strive for inclusivity through the removal of physical, technological and attitudinal barriers for people with disability. This has been occurring since 1992 when the General Assembly proclaimed 3 December as the International Day of Disabled Persons.
- For the year 2019, the theme is ‘Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda’. This year’s theme focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as anticipated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to ‘leave no one behind’ and recognizes disability as a cross-cutting issues, to be considered in the implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- This 2019 observance of the IDPD at the UN Headquarters was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).
- Theme of 2018 was “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.
- The day aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development. This aims at making the society more aware about the political, social, economic and cultural life of people with disabilities.
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