3 December, 2015
Imagine a world where people of all abilities have equal opportunities to thrive; a world where no one is left behind. That’s a world we can build by 2030.
Today is International Day of People with Disability; a United Nations sanctioned day which is celebrated each year on December 3. It’s an important day to raise awareness of the barriers people with disability so often face, and to promote action to include people with disability in all aspects of society.
This year, our celebrations highlight the recently adopted Global Goals – a set of 17 ambitious goals for global development that set out to end poverty, combat climate change, and reduce inequalities for all.
Over the next 15 years, these goals will transform our world and guide development efforts to leave no one behind. People with disability – who make up 15 per cent of the global population – are included in the goals.
Take a look at the new video we have created “Building a World For All” to celebrate International Day of People with Disability. It shows how the Global Goals can transform the lives of people with disability and build a better world for all.
This year’s theme is: Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities. According to United Nations Enable:
“Empowerment involves investing in people – in jobs, health, nutrition, education, and social protection. When people are empowered they are better prepared to take advantage of opportunities, they become agents of change and can more readily embrace their civic responsibilities.”
Empowering people with disability through building an inclusive world where everyone has equal opportunities to reach their full potential, not only benefits people with disability, but benefits society as a whole.
This International Day of People with Disability, let’s look forward and know that building that world is within our grasp. By 2030, we can build a world no one is left behind.
Will you help us build it? Share the video via the links below and celebrate this important day with us!