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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2015, December 3rd.



Тема Дня 2015 года: «Вовлечение и развитие потенциала людей с ограниченными возможностями»
Thème 2015 : Développement durable: l'inclusion compte: accès et autonomisation des personnes de toutes capacités.
موضوع عام 2015: انضمام الجميع: وصول وتمكين الناس من جميع القدرات
Tema para 2015: «La inclusión importa: acceso y empoderamiento para personas con todo tipo de capacidad»

UN Enable - Development and human rights for all

We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This global blueprint for action summons us to “leave no one behind”.
Building a sustainable, inclusive world for all requires the full engagement of people of all abilities. The 2030 Agenda includes many issues of concern to persons with disabilities and we must work together to transform these commitments into action.
Earlier this year, the United Nations Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction recognised the key role people with disabilities can play in promoting a more universally accessible approach in disaster preparedness and response. Next year, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III) will discuss a new urban development agenda to make our cities inclusive, accessible and sustainable.The voices of persons with disabilities will be critical to this process
As we look ahead, we need to strengthen development policies and practices to ensure that accessibility is part of inclusive and sustainable development. This requires improving our knowledge of the challenges facing all persons with disabilities – including through more robust, disaggregated data -- and ensuring that they are empowered to create and use opportunities.
Together with persons with disabilities, we can move our world forward by leaving no one behind.
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General.

FORUM : International Day of Disabled Persons - December 03

Sub-themes for IDPD 2015:
  • Making cities inclusive and accessible for all
  • Improving disability data and statistics
  • Including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development

  • 10 to 11 a.m.: Opening session: Disability-inclusive development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Panel Discussion: “Accessible New Urban Agenda and inclusion of persons with disabilities”
  • 12 to 1 p.m.: Panel discussion: "Invisible disabilities"
  • 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.: Panel discussion "Operationalizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with regard to data, statistics and indicators for persons with disabilities"
  • 3.00 to 5.00 p.m.: United Nations Enable Film Festival (UNEFF)
    Each year, disability-related films are presented at the UNEFF to highlight an emerging or overlooked disability issue or present a disability perspective in a larger societal context or in diverse geographic and regional settings or highlight the human diversity of disability. Send us your short film if you think it can help achieve the objectives of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and is suitable to be presented to a diverse international audience. See further details and submission guidelines.
  • UN Enable Photo Exhibition “Images of Ability”
    The photo exhibition will work to help change misperceptions and counter stigma and stereotyping about persons with disabilities. It will also promote a better understanding about disability issues and present persons with disabilities as individuals that are a part of our human diversity. See further details and submission guidelines.
  • Art Exhibition, Like Wildflowers, Like Stars (TBC)
    Korea Differently Abled Federation (KODAF) with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea
  • 6.00 p.m. - Evening Reception (Mission of Republic of Korea, TBC)
If you would like to attend the events at the UN Headquarters in New York on December 3, please send us an email with subject "Attending the IDPD 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York" to with your name and organization or affiliation.

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