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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is just a few days away! The commemoration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2012, provides an opportunity to address the exclusion of persons with disabilities by focusing on promoting accessibility and removing all types of barriers in society.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes that the existence of barriers constitutes a central component of disability. Under the Convention, disability is an evolving concept that “results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.”

Make the Day count! Include! Organize! Celebrate! Take Action!

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Join us at United Nations Headquarters for special events to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December.

This International Day of Persons with Disabilities marks the beginning of the preparatory process for the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on Disability and Development (HLMDD) to be held on 23 September 2013. Other events include a panel discussion under the theme of the HLMDD: “The way forward: a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond”, as well as the United Nations Enable Film Festival. For Entry Passes for the events, please contact

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