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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

3 December

The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. Celebrated on 3 december around the world, IDPD mobilizes support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities, promotes awareness-raising about disability issues and draws attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all. UN agencies, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the private sector are encouraged to support IDPD by collaborating with organizations for people with disabilities to arrange events and activities.

Message from the Director-General of UNESCO

"The International Day of Persons with Disabilities… is an opportunity for us to renew our commitment to work for the inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities through education, the sciences, culture and communication and information."

— Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO
on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018


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