Commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Zimbabwe

When :

from Monday 2 December, 2019
to Tuesday 3 December, 2019

Type of event :

Meeting by Member States or Institutions

Where :

National Art Gallery, Park lane and Leopold Takawira street, Harare, Zimbabwe

Contact :

Phinith Chanthalangsy,

The UN family in Zimbabwe will commemorate the International day of Persons with Disabilities within the context of the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV) and the United Nations Partnership the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) Project platform (UN Agencies: UNDP, UNFPA, UNESCO and UN Women).

Main Activities: Art exhibition, Advocacy on accesibility, Paper presentation on work of the University of Zimbabwe; Presentation from the U.N agencies, UPRPDproject testimonies, Key note address by representatives from Diplomatic, donors and U.N head of agencies.

The main objective of the joint UN Team Disability commemorations will be to raise awareness on disability rights and promote disability Inclusion in all areas of work of the UN

Specific objectives are as follows:

• To sensitize the UN family on the Disability Inclusion Strategy launched by the Secretary General.
• Sensitization of UN and broader community on CRPD.
• Promote visibility of UN Agency & Civil Society work on Disability rights and best practices/tools for promoting Accessibility in communities.
• Strengthen partnerships.


The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is commemorated on 3 December each year, with the purpose of promoting, empowering and creating real opportunities for persons with disabilities. The observance of this UN Special day complements efforts of Government’s to mobilize support for the dignity, well-being and rights of persons with disabilities.

On the International Disability Day, persons with disabilities are further provided a platform to share their experience and set their priorities. Awareness-raising on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is also key on this day for garnering stakeholder support and investment in promoting inclusive service delivery (in justice, health, education, employment and social protection sectors).