Message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2012
Message from Ms Irina Bokova,
Director-General of UNESCO
on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
3 December 2012
The 2012 International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an opportunity to renew our commitment to build inclusive and accessible societies, including especially persons with disabilities.
Today, more than one billion people live with some form of disability. They are more likely to experience poverty and discrimination and less likely to have access to social welfare services, while their position does not always make it possible for them to uphold and claim their rights.