December 3, 2021
Today, the world population is over 7 billion people and more than one billion people, or approximately 15 percent of the world's population, live with some form of disability; 80 percent of live in developing countries.

December 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This annual observance was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. The observance of the Day aims to promote 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 of gains to be derived from the integration or persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life.

This year's theme of International Day of Persons with Disabilities is "Leadership and Participation of Persons with Disabilities Toward an Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable Post-Covid-19 World."

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the extent of marginalization and inequalities faced by persons with disabilities and other marginalized populations. The international and local communities experienced multiple and aggravated barriers related to the intersection of diversity - race, disability, gender, ethnicity, origin, religion, economic, or other status. However, the current recovery process has abundant opportunities to set new standards and norms, forge partnerships and strengthen efforts to realize an inclusive and sustainable world.

There are many events happening around the world today, many virtual, that you can watch and learn from. One of those events (pre-recorded), brought to us by an international collaboration, can be watched here. This panel discussion includes expert participants from around the world, including those with expertise and experience in disability and development, gender equality, diversity and inclusion, humanitarian emergencies and the leadership of disadvantaged groups at the local, national and global levels.

For more information on today's events and other United Nations efforts, please follow this link.