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World observes International Day of Disabled Persons

 

Some of the attendees at the International Day of Disabled Persons celebrations in New York on Monday, December 3. (Courtesy Photo)

KAMPALA – Uganda has today, Monday, December 3, joined the rest of the world to commemorate the International Day of Disabled Persons, with national celebrations held at Kiwoko Church of Uganda Primary School in Nakaseke District. President Yoweri Museveni is expected to grace the occasion.

The world event, co-sponsored by the Office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Ecuador, Republic of Korea, Brazil, Bulgaria, Italy, Philippines, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, ITU, UN Women and UN Department of Management, is taking place at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The commemorations are running on the theme: Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.

According to the programme released by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York, the UN Secretary-General will launch a flagship report, entitled “UN Flagship Report on Disability and Development 2018 – Realizing the SDGs by, for and with persons with disabilities”.

This year a number of events at UN Headquarters are bringing together Member States, UN entities, national and local policy makers, civil society organizations, academic institutes and organizations of persons with disabilities to discuss the way forward for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development.

The day was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly. It aims at promoting 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.

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