International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3, 2016


Ten years ago this month, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  One of the most widely ratified international human rights instruments, with 169 Parties, the Convention has spurred significant progress in commitment and action for equality, inclusion and empowerment around the world, with disability being increasingly incorporated into the global human rights and development agendas. 


“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”.

-United Nations, Secretary General’s Message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities


For more information, please visit the United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development Disability web page.