The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3rd, was innitiated by the World Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Persons and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992. This day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with dsiabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of governments, organizations and individuals all spheres of society on the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. One focus of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) every year is to advocate for the enactment of the national and international laws and standards related to persons with disabilities and the rights of persons with disabilities to participate equally in all aspects of society development. Each year, the UN announces a different theme for the day.
The theme for this 2019 IDPD is ‘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.
Every year, MCNV collaborates with its partners to celebrate the IDPD December the 3rd by organizing celebration activities with the utmost spirit of supporting and maximizing activities to promote the rights of persons with disabilities, showing respects for the dignity of persons with disabilities, recognizing the contribution of persons with disabilities to the society. / .