This article is based upon a recent publication by the United Nations.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is annually observed on 3 December to promote the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities and to take action for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society and development.
This year, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities will be commemorated throughout the week of 30 November- 4 December 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”.
The Commemorative Event for IDPD 2020: Action Toward a Disability-Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable Post-COVID-19 World”
The side event is co-organized/co-sponsored by Member States, UN entities, the private
sector/private foundations and organizations of persons with disabilities, as well as other
civil society organizations. It will address the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on persons
with disabilities and others with vulnerabilities, highlighting the experiences of persons
with disabilities, as well as their vision for steering back toward disability-inclusive
implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
The program will focus on the recent progress by the UN system:
(1) strengthening of the international policy framework on disability-inclusive development through the recent adoption of the resolution on “Inclusive Development for and with Persons with Disabilities” by the Third Committee of the General Assembly;
(2) “tools” developed by the UN system for mainstreaming disability in different areas of its mandates. The first phase of the implementation of the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy has seen progress in the disability inclusion in the UN operational frameworks. Other tools, including those developed by UN Women, the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) and the World Bank, are also contributing to positive changes on the ground for equality and inclusion of persons with disabilities. Furthermore, the discussion will include;
(3) good practices by civil society and the private sector/private
foundation to “build back better” toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 world.