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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

3 December

The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. Celebrated on 3 december around the world, IDPD mobilizes support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities, promotes awareness-raising about disability issues and draws attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all. UN agencies, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the private sector are encouraged to support IDPD by collaborating with organizations for people with disabilities to arrange events and activities.

"On this International Day of Persons with Disabilities, I call on the entire international community to mobilize so that persons with disabilities may actively contribute to the response to the crisis and to the generation of new possibilities."
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay Director-General of UNESCO

Message on behalf of UNESCO’s Director-General - International Day of Persons with Disabilities

On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2020, on behalf of UNESCO’s Director-General Audrey Azoulay, Xing Qu, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, shares a message of support for persons with disabilities around the world.

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Accessible digital documentary heritage: guidelines for the preparation of documentary heritage in accessible formats for persons with disabilities
UNESCO
2020
UNESCO
0000374995
Learning for All: guidelines on the inclusion of learners with disabilities in open and distance learning
UNESCO
2016
UNESCO
0000244355

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What UNESCO does for persons with disabilities

UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
Access for people with disabilities
Addressing exclusion
Open Educational Resources (OER)
International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities − ICCAR

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