New Delhi: International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an international event observed by the United Nations on December 3 every year.
The day promotes the understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for disabled people. The day also seeks awareness in matters pertaining to the integration of persons with disabilities in aspects like political, social, economic and cultural life. It was originally called the International Day of Disabled Persons until 2007.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2019 theme is ‘Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda’. The day aims to promote the overall development of people with disabilities in every aspect.
Talking about the observance, António Guterres, UN Secretary-General said, “When we secure the rights of people with disabilities, we move closer to achieving the central promise of the 2030 Agenda – to leave no one behind.”
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)”.
As a part of the observance, a one-day event will be organised on December 3 by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at UN Headquarters. It will be followed by an official launch of the IDPD which will include being a panel discussion on new initiatives for disability inclusion, as well as spotlight event, ‘Sport for all for peace and development’.