The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3.
Celebrated on December 3 around the world, the Day 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 the Day by collaborating with organizations for people with disabilities to arrange events and activities.
The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
The main program of the observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at the UN Headquarters in New York will include the opening, panel discussions and cultural events.
Member States, civil society organizations and the private sector are welcome to organize their own events to celebrate the International Day to raise awareness and promote the rights and perspectives of persons with disabilities around the world.
Last year 2019, the theme for IDPD was “Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda.”
The theme focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to “leave no one behind” and recognizes disability as a cross-cutting issues, to be considered in the implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
This year 2020, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities will be commemorated throughout the week of November 30 - December 4 in conjunction with the 13th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The theme this year is “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World.”