Over 1 billion people, approx 15% of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. Tuesday is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, with theme “Break Barriers, Open Doors”. 

Marking the Day, Ban Ki-moon said that we must remove all barriers that affect the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in society, including through changing attitudes that fuel stigma and institutionalize discrimination.

Find out more at: http://j.mp/1fZZJH6

Over 1 billion people, approx 15% of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. Tuesday is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, with theme “Break Barriers, Open Doors”.

Marking the Day, Ban Ki-moon said that we must remove all barriers that affect the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in society, including through changing attitudes that fuel stigma and institutionalize discrimination.

Find out more at: http://j.mp/1fZZJH6

In this new video, meet two children in Ecuador and Vietnam who represent the millions of children with disabilities fight discrimination and prejudice as well as physical barriers towards leading a fulfilling life.

They are just two reasons why countries should adopt and implement the principles outlined in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Find out more here: http://j.mp/1fSZlLa

The estimated one billion people worldwide who live with disabilities are still excluded from equitable access to resources (education, healthcare, etc.) and as a result persons with disabilities experience disproportionately high rates of poverty. World leaders will address these issues and more on Monday as part of the UN General Assembly’s annual meetings. Details: http://j.mp/1eVeI5o Live webcast: http://j.mp/KQ78Zz Monday’s meeting will also address the importance of reaching children with disabilities during humanitarian responses and natural disasters.

The estimated one billion people worldwide who live with disabilities are still excluded from equitable access to resources (education, healthcare, etc.) and as a result persons with disabilities experience disproportionately high rates of poverty.

World leaders will address these issues and more on Monday as part of the UN General Assembly’s annual meetings.

Details: http://j.mp/1eVeI5o
Live webcast: http://j.mp/KQ78Zz

Monday’s meeting will also address the importance of reaching children with disabilities during humanitarian responses and natural disasters.

Big news this week! Negotiators at a forum in Marrakesh adopted a landmark copyright treaty to enhance access to books for millions of people who are blind or visually impaired.

Last week, music icon Stevie Wonder, a UN Messenger of Peace who has long been a supporter for the rights of persons with disabilities, had appealed to more than 600 forum negotiators from 186 countries to finalize the treaty, and promised to celebrate with them in Morocco when the agreement concluded. On Friday, he kept his word.


Another related video: http://ow.ly/mtkiC

On Thursday May 30, UNICEF launched The State Of The World’s Children report which this year focuses on Children with Disabilities. 
The report examines the barriers – from inaccessible buildings to dismissive attitudes, from invisibility in official statistics to vicious discrimination – that deprive children with disabilities of their rights and keep them from participating fully in society. 
It further highlights key elements of inclusive societies that respect and protect the rights of children with disabilities, adequately support them and their families, and nurture their abilities - so focus is directed towards what those children can achieve, rather than what they cannot.
Learn more by downloading the full report or reading an executive summary.

On Thursday May 30, UNICEF launched The State Of The World’s Children report which this year focuses on Children with Disabilities. 

The report examines the barriers – from inaccessible buildings to dismissive attitudes, from invisibility in official statistics to vicious discrimination – that deprive children with disabilities of their rights and keep them from participating fully in society.

It further highlights key elements of inclusive societies that respect and protect the rights of children with disabilities, adequately support them and their families, and nurture their abilities - so focus is directed towards what those children can achieve, rather than what they cannot.

Learn more by downloading the full report or reading an executive summary.

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VIDEO REPORT: Protecting the rights of children with disabilities

This year’s Day of the African Child was commemorated under the theme ‘The Rights of the Children with disabilities: The Duty to Protect, Respect, Promote and Fulfil’. The event served as a platform to launch Namibia’s National Agenda for Children - a document demonstrating and articulating the country’s commitment to the rights of its children.

The agenda, which was developed by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare with support from UNICEF, puts special emphasis on the need for programmes supporting children with disabilities and ensuring they benefit from disability grants.

Full story: http://uni.cf/M04VXC