The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

As per the recommendations of the landmark World report on disability, and the WHO global disability action plan 2014-2021, WHO supports governments and civil society organizations around the world to remove barriers to health facilities, information and equipment; strengthen and extend rehabilitation; and support the development of Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR).

“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”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


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