International Day of People with Disabilities 2009

December 31, 2009

2009 Global Theme: “Making the MDGs Inclusive: Empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world”

The annual December 3rd observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, aims to promote an understanding of disability issues, the rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities.  The Day provides an opportunity to mobilize action to achieve the goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by persons with disabilities.

Please read the USICD Statement Recognizing the 2009 International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

President Barack Obama has proclaimed December 3, 2009, as International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the United States.  Please read the proclamation here. 

At the United Nations Headquarters in New York, December 3 will include a series of addresses by UN Officials and other activities.  For the 2009 list of events and statements taking place at the United Nations, please visit the United Nations' Enable website.

At the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC, December 3 will also include programs highlighting the gobal disability community and its advancement, many of which will be linked to the UN in New York and available via streaming interne video.  Please visit the World Bank disability page for more information.