Celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

When, local time: 
Monday, 4 December 2017 -
3:00pm to 6:00pm
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Special Event
Marie-Christine Botte (Email: mc.botte@unesco.org)

The theme for this year’s International Day is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”. This theme focuses on the enabling conditions for the transformative changes envisaged in the 2030 development agenda for Sustainable Development.

UNESCO’s event will focus on the role of inclusive arts in creating sustainable and resilient societies where persons with disabilities will be entirely integrated as one of the main actors of our society.
This event echoes the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) which promotes the cultural rights of persons with disabilities to participate in cultural and artistic activities and recognizes their right to have the opportunity to develop and utilize their creative, artistic and intellectual potential. The artistic and cultural integration of persons with disabilities is interconnected with the improvements of other disability-related issues and gender equality.

The half day event will include:

  • Roundtable discussion with high-level speakers, international experts and artists on the role of inclusive arts towards creating sustainable and resilient societies;
  • Theatrical performance of artists with disabilities “InTouch” by the Inclusion Theatre Company and Theatre of Nations (co-production);
  • Concert by Ms Zarifa Mgoyan, UNESCO Artist for Peace; and,
  • Master Class for Learning Sign Languages.

For more information on the celebration and access to the programme, please consult our website.