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Saturday, 19 March 2016

World Down Syndrome Day 2016, March 21

Theme 2016 : My friends, My community.
Тема 2016: Мои друзья, мое сообщество.
Tema 2016: Mis amigos, mi comunidad.
Thème 2016: Mes amis, ma communauté.
موضوع 2016: أصدقائي، بلدي المجتمع.
By adopting the ambitious and universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community has promised to leave no one behind. This requires empowering children and adults with disabilities, including those with Down syndrome, to contribute to our common future.
Persons with disabilities, including those with Down syndrome, are more than persons in need of assistance; they are agents of change who can drive progress across society – and their voices must be heard as we strive to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.
Toward that end, I recall the words of Pablo Pineda, the actor and writer with Down syndrome. He has called on others with Down syndrome to perceive their own vast capabilities, saying, “They should see themselves as people who can achieve their goals.”
I would add that others in society should similarly appreciate the potential and power of the members of our human family with Down syndrome.
This affirmation should be backed by concrete steps to respect, protect and promote the rights of all persons with disabilities, including those with Down syndrome. I especially call for priority actions to improve opportunities for girls and women with disabilities who often face greater exclusion than boys and men.
On this World Down Syndrome Day, let us resolve to support the autonomy and independence of persons with Down syndrome, including their freedom to make choices, as part of our broader efforts to usher in a life of dignity for all.
Ban Ki-moon

The campaign “How Do You See Me?”

21 March 2016 marks the 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) and each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.
Down Syndrome International (DSi)
Down Syndrome International encourages our friends all over the world to choose your own activities and events to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.
Here are some ways you can join us on 21 March 2016:

• Organise your activities based on DSi’s focus area for 2016 "My Friends, My Community" - The benefits of inclusive environments for today’s children and tomorrow’s adults.
• Share your WDSD World Events on our dedicated WDSD website in a single global meeting place.
• Watch our WDSD Global Video Event, produced each year with the participation of organisations in many countries around the world.
• Attend our WDSD Conference at the United Nations in New York either in person or online, live or on-demand, at UN Web TV.

Down Syndrome International presents a global video journey promoting inclusion of people with Down syndrome. "My Friends, My Community" features interviews with children from around the world talking about their lives, friendships and aspirations. This global video event is presented for World Down Syndrome Day, Monday 21 March 2016.

One of the most famous landmarks in the world, the Empire State Building, is lighting up blue and yellow in honor of World Down Syndrome Day! The lighting will be a stunning reminder to honor and celebrate people with Down syndrome on 21 March. 
Lighting in Blue - Empire State Building


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