International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2016
Theme for 2016: Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want

Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on 3 December around the world.

The theme for this year’s International Day is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”. This theme notes the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities.

This year’s objectives include assessing the current status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and SDGs and laying the foundation for a future of greater inclusion for persons with disabilities.

The observance of the 2016 IDPD coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD – one of the most quickly and widely ratified international treaties put forth by the United Nations. with 169 Parties to date.

At the UN General Assembly high-level panel discussion on the tenth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in New York today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon states that much remains to be accomplished before persons with disabilities can realize their full potential as equal and valued members of society.

He says, “We must eliminate the stereotypes and discrimination that perpetuate their exclusion and build an accessible, enabling and inclusive environment for all.”

He urges all stakeholders from  national and local governments, to businesses and members of the society to intensify efforts to end discrimination and remove the environmental and attitudinal obstacles that prevent persons with disabilities from enjoying their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

“Let us work together for the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in an inclusive and sustainable world that embraces humanity in all its diversity.”-  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon