December 3 is the International Day of Disabled Persons. The day was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3.
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.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 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.
2018 Theme: Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality
This year’s theme focuses on empowering persons with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda pledges to “leave no one behind”.
Persons with disabilities, as both beneficiaries and agents of change, can fast track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development and promote resilient society for all, including in the context of disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action, and urban development.
Secretary General's message
UN Secretary General António Guterres urges to reaffirm commitment to “work together for a better world that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable for everyone, where the rights of people with disabilities are fully realized.”
“In many societies, persons with disabilities often end up disconnected, living in isolation and facing discrimination,” he said.
“That means implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in all contexts and in all countries. It also means integrating the voices and concerns of people with disabilities into national agendas and policies,” he stated.
In Armenia the policy on persons with disabilities is aimed at ensuring their full integration.
According to the Armenian Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the policy also strives to ensure the protection of the rights of disabled persons, provide equal conditions in all spheres of public life, guarantee inclusive education and employment.
The UN Office in Armenia held a number of events dedicated to the International Day of Disabled Persons.
It organizes the traditional exhibition-sale of handmade goods, featured eleven organizations.
The 3rd “Hand in Hand” Integrative Republican Festival was held in Yerevan and Armenia’s regions from November 18 to December 3.
The event was organized by the “Artconcept” International Association with support from Armenia’s Ministry of Culture and in partnership with the UN Office in Armenia, AGBU, “Yerevan my Love” Fund and Tumo Center for Creative Technologies.
The main goal of the festival is to discover the creative potential of children with disabilities and ensure their full integration in the modern world.