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(1st Session) 2018 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
3 Dec 2018 -  The theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. This theme focuses on the empowering persons with disabilities for the inclusive, equitable and sustainable development envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Opening Ceremony.
Recent Initiatives taken by Member States, UN system and Civil Society.
High-level Panel on “Realizing the SDGs by, for and with persons with disabilities”.
In the morning, the commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018 features the launch of the first UN Flagship Report on Disability and Development on the “Realization of the Sustainable Development Goals by, for and with persons with disabilities”. The publication is launched by Mr. Elliott Harris, Assistant Secretary-General, for Economic Development and Chief Economist (UN DESA).
The opening ceremony reviews the progress achieved, explores ways to further empower persons with disabilities and provides an overview of the international framework of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SDGs, in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The event gathers Member States, UN entities, civil society organizations, academic institutes and persons with disabilities.
The observance of the IDPD aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.