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  • The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed every year on December 3 to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development.
    The 2018 theme for this day is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”

Objective:

  • It 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 the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

Highlights:

  • It focuses on empowering persons with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as part of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) pledges to “leave no one behind”.
  • The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was instituted by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) after it had passed a resolution 47/3 in 1992.
  • Since then, it is observed annually and originally was called as the International Day of Disabled Persons.
  • UN estimates that around one billion people are living with disabilities across the world and they are facing barriers of inclusion in many key aspects of society.
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