The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is an international non-governmental organisation representing approximately 70 million Deaf people worldwide, with a current membership of asssociations in 133 countries worldwide. The objectives of WFD are:
to promote the human and social rights of deaf persons, their full participation in society and equalization of opportunities;
to stimulate the efforts of national associations of the deaf for a better overall situation for the deaf community in each country;
to strengthen the status of national [sign languages];
to advance educational opportunities for deaf persons;
to promote access to information.
WFD advocates the worldwide deaf community at international fora by;
making policy statements, resolutions and recommendations;
acting as consultant to partners in cooperation;
carring out surveys;
arranging expert meetings for professionals researching into deafness or working with the deaf community;
organizing or sponsoring international meetings;
arranging participation at meetings interesting to the deaf;
disseminating information and maintaining documentation;
coordinating expert work;
making available its expertise on deafness and advocates the rights of deaf persons worldwide to the UN system; especially involved with Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Currently setting up a network of experts and expert groups covering the following fields: ensuring respect for deaf persons' human rights; education; sign language; sign language interpretation services; access to information; deaf children and youth; deaf-blind persons; leadership training for deaf persons; deaf women in developing countries; bioethics; accessability and technology.