RI Global From the Field: International Day of Disabilities 2017 — Building an Inclusive Society

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For the 2030 Agenda to live up to its promise, persons with disabilities – as both beneficiaries and agents of change – and their representative organizations must work as a team to remove all physical and cultural barriers to progress, the UN said on its annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities. With the theme of Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all, Secretary-General António Guterres said that disability was recognized as a cross-cutting issue in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “yet, persons with disabilities remain too often excluded from the design, planning and implementation of policies and programmes that have an impact on their lives.” To overcome this challenge, the UN chief said, “we must build on the agency (of PwDs), working together to design, develop and implement affordable and innovative solutions to realize equality for all.

Here are photos from the annual historic day:

 

Daniela Bas (left), Director of the Division for Social Policy and Developement at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) shakes hands with members of the American Indian Community from South Dakota at the start of the special event on “Building Future Societies for All”, held in observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December).

 

Members of the American Indian Community from South Dakota perform at the start of the special event on "Building Future Societies for All"

Members of the American Indian Community from South Dakota perform at the start of the special event on “Building Future Societies for All”.

 

Miroslav Lajčák, President of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly, makes remarks during the special event on "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all"

Miroslav Lajčák, President of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly, makes remarks during the special event on “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.

 

A general view of the special event on "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all", held in observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December).

A general view of the special event on “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”, held in observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

 

Venus Moderator2Event on the theme “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”, in observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

 

Event on the theme “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all” (in observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December) (A/RES/47/3)) (co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Bulgaria, Ecuador, Italy, Japan and the Republic of Korea, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the NGO Committee on Ageing)

RI Secretary-General Venus Ilagan moderates an event on the theme “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”, in observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

 

Venus MusiciansKorean musicians end a session on  the theme “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”, in observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities).

 

Event on “Building Future Societies for All” (in observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.   Event on “Building Future Societies for All” (in observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December) (A/RES/47/3)) Cco-organized by the Permanent Missions of Antigua and Barbuda, Bulgaria, Colombia, Ecuador and San Marino, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the World Tourism Organization (WTO))

Event on “Building Future Societies for All”, in observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Antigua and Barbuda, Bulgaria, Colombia, Ecuador and San Marino, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the World Tourism Organization (WTO).

 

RI Global: Founded in 1922, Rehabilitation International (RI Global) is a worldwide network promoting the rights and inclusions of persons with disabilities (PwDs) through advocacy, habilitation and rehabilitation to achieve an inclusive world in which all people can enjoy full human rights.