“The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992 by UN General Assembly resolution 47/3 (link). It aims to:
- promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and
- to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life”. (UN)
International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilise political will and resources.
Media coverage of #IDPwD Guernsey
Bailiwick Express website
Guernsey Press website
What the UN says about IDPwD 2021
Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible, and sustainable post-COVID-19 world
‘Disability inclusion is an essential condition to upholding human rights, sustainable development, and peace and security. It is also central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind. The commitment to realizing the rights of persons with disabilities is not only a matter of justice; it is an investment in a common future.
The global crisis of COVID-19 is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing the extent of exclusion and highlighting that work on disability inclusion is imperative. People with disabilities—one billion people— are one of the most excluded groups in our society and are among the hardest hit in this crisis in terms of fatalities.
Even under normal circumstances, persons with disabilities are less likely to access health care, education, employment and to participate in the community. An integrated approach is required to ensure that persons with disabilities are not left behind.
Disability inclusion will result in a COVID19 response and recovery that better serves everyone, more fully suppressing the virus, as well as building back better. It will provide for more agile systems capable of responding to complex situations, reaching the furthest behind first.’
IDPD on social media
Everyone can join on social media by using the hashtags #IDPD | #EveryoneIncluded | #CRPD and promoting this year’s theme on “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”