International Day of PWDs_Dec 2010November 29, 2010
This year’s theme:
“Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond”
Although many commitments have been made by the international development community to include persons with disability in all aspects of development, the gap between policy and practice continues…Persons with disabilities represent key target groups in all the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), yet disability and the concerns of persons with disabilities still remains to be included in MDG processes and mechanisms. Their lack of representation could negatively impact on progress in the achievement of the MDGs….The International Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3 December 2010 – can be used as a reminder to further ensure the full and effective participation of persons with disability in all aspects of societal life and development.
The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December was established by the International Year for Disabled Persons (1981). The Day aims to promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities. The goal of full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society and development was established by the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1982.
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