Join IEF in celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
December 3rd is observed as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The declaration to celebrate the day annually was made by United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3 in 1992. The theme of the 2023 International Day of Persons with Disabilities is: "United in action to rescue and achieve the SDGs for, with, and by persons with disabilities."
The annual day 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.
Today, the world population is over 8 billion people, and more than one billion people, or approximately 15 percent of the world's population, live with some form of disability, and 80 percent live in developing countries.
More than 100 million disabled persons are children, and they are almost four times more likely to experience violence than non-disabled children. Fifty percent of disabled persons cannot afford health care.
Building on many decades of UN’s work in the field of disability, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), adopted in 2006, has further advanced the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international development frameworks, such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, the New Urban Agenda, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.