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01.12.2015 - UNESCOPRESS

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2015: Inclusion Matters

Paris, 1 December—UNESCO will host a conference, “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities,” on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December. The Day is celebrated every year to raise awareness and mobilize support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development.

“Inclusion matters,” is the theme chosen for this year’s celebration. As UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova says in her message for the Day: “An inclusive society is one that defends the rights and dignity of every citizen, that empowers every woman and man to participate fully in every aspect of social, political, economic and cultural life. We have seen progress across the world, but persons with disabilities remain one of the most marginalized groups today.”

The day-long Conference at UNESCO Headquarters (Room I) will be opened by the Director-General, alongside Lenin Moreno, United Nations Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, and Ségolène Neuville French Junior Minister for Disabled People and the Fight Against Exclusion. It will include panel discussions, a screening of short films showcasing the courage and determination of people with disabilities in overcoming the obstacles they face, and a jazz concert.

The estimated 1 billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in key aspects of society. Eighty percent of them live in developing countries. One in three out-of-school children has a disability and fewer than 2% of children with disabilities in developing countries are in school. 


Accreditation is mandatory for journalists wishing to cover the Conference.

Media contact: Laetitia Kaci, l.kaci(at)unesco.org  +33 (0)145 68 17 72

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