The United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been annually observed around the world on the 3rd December, since 1992.

The Department for Communities (DfC) and Disability Action are joining forces to host an event

When people are empowered, they are better prepared to take advantage of opportunities. They can become agents for change and often more readily embrace their civic responsibilities. That is why the Department for Communities (DfC) and Disability Action are joining forces to host an event recognising and celebrating United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The event will take place between 11.30 and 14.00 on Tuesday 3rd December, at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in the Titanic Quarter, Belfast. A light buffet will be available from 11.30 ahead of the event’s start at 12.00.

‘The Future is Accessible’ is the chosen theme for the event this year. David Sterling, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, will open proceedings. Dermot Devlin, Chief Executive of My Way Access, will then deliver the keynote address.

Personal experiences of some users of the DfC’s Access to Work Programmes will be shared after the keynote. There’ll then be a chance for attendees to enjoy a panel discussion chaired by Sean Fitzsimons from Disability Action.

If you are interested in attending the event, you can Register here.

 

The theme for this 2019 IDPD

This year’s central theme is ‘Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda’.

It focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and recognises disability as a cross-cutting issues, to be considered in the implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

This 2019 observance of the IDPD at the UN Headquarters will consist of an official opening, a panel discussion on new initiatives for disability inclusion, and a spotlight event on the theme of ‘Sport for all for peace and development’, which will be the opportunity to discuss sport as a powerful enabler of peace and sustainable development through the empowerment of persons with disabilities.