Theme for 2014: Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities
3 December

« Let us spare no effort to ensure that policies, programmes, guidelines and 21st century technologies are accessible to persons with disabilities, and sensitive to their perspectives and experiences ». Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. »

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, John W. Ashe, President of the General Assembly, Tegegnework Gettu, Under-Secretary-General for DGACM and Stevie Wonder, UN Messenger of Peace, at the General Assembly’s high-level meeting on Disability and Development, September 2013. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Theme for 2014: Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology

Throughout human history, technology has shaped the way people live. Today information and communications technologies in particular have impacted a lot of people’s daily lives. However, not all people have access to technology and the higher standards of living it allows.

With an estimated one billion people worldwide living with a disability, and 80% of them living in developing countries, access to technology is key to help realise the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities. Under the theme of “Sustainable Development: The promise of technology”, this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities will look at this issue in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

At UN Headquarters, this year’s commemorative events will be organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA). Representatives from Member States, UN system, civil society, the private sector and others will discuss how advances in technology can be utilized to improve the lives of persons with disabilities, with three different sub-themes:

  • Disability-Inclusive Sustainable Development Goals
  • Disability and Disaster Risk Reduction / Emergency Responses
  • Creating Enabling Work Environments

More information of the various events is available on UN Enable

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is marked around the world annually on 3 December, as per General Assembly resolution 47/3 of 14 October 1992, to promote awareness and mobilize support for critical issues pertaining to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development.

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