World Disability Day 2020: Theme, History, and why International Disability Day is celebrated.

World Disability Day 2020

Ahead of World Disability Day on 3 December 2020, UN Chief calls for greater inclusion amid COVID-19, which is crucial for the community’s welfare. The International disability day 2020 theme is the promotion of inclusiveness and accessibility post-COVID-19, for disabled persons. The person with disability day is celebrated every year to honor disabled persons.

World Disability Day or International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated on the 3rd of December every year, for valuing the life of the disabled community. The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres vouched for greater inclusion of disabled persons in society, especially including them in COVID-19 response and recovery, ahead of the World Disability Day 2020.

international disability day 2020 theme
international disability day 2020 theme

World Disability Day 2020 theme

Disability Day 2020 theme. The theme of International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020 is: “Building back better: towards an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world by, for and with persons with disabilities”. The UNESCO will also organize a Global Awareness Raising Campaign titled “Tell our stories, enable our rights”.

International Day of Disabled Persons 2020 will be celebrated on Thursday, December 3, 2020.

UN Chief’s Words

UN Secretary-General, ahead of the special day, tweeted that he takes the issue of disability very seriously. Securing equal rights for persons with disabilities is enshrined in the values of the @UN Charter and a core promise of the #GlobalGoals, to leave no one behind.

disability day 2020 theme
disability day 2020 theme

Also, in a video message, Mr. Guterres said, “While I celebrate that there are now 182 parties to the convention, the pandemic has made evident that there is still a long way to go in fully understanding the human rights model of disability enshrined in the convention, and therefore is fully implementing its provisions.”

“We must also ensure that the vision and aspirations of persons with disabilities are included and accounted for in a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world,” he said.

The shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic hovers over World Disability Day this year. The chief opined that the pandemic has deepened inequalities affecting around one billion people with disabilities globally. This needs to be addressed promptly.

UN’s Promise on World Disability Day 2020

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) was formulated in 1992 by United Nations General Assembly, after passing a resolution, “Promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society…”

The goal was by 2030, the world would be equal to all, irrespective of any differences in any aspects that halt the progress. The words were, “In all our actions, our goal is clear: a world in which all persons can enjoy equal opportunities, participate in decision-making and truly benefit from economic, social, political and cultural life. That is a goal worth fighting for.”

In this light, the UN Chief expresses that realizing the rights of persons with disabilities is crucial to fulfilling the core promise of the 2030 Agenda.

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