Internationaal Programma 2010

42e UN - International Day Of Persons With Disabilities

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Thema: Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond

The International Labour Organization will commemorate the Day with a series of events th at include a message by the ILO Director-General Juan Somavia and video: Keeping the Promise of the MDGs – Including people with disabilities (direct link: Details at–en/docName–WCMS_146265/index.htm

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During the 16 Days of Activism of 2010, UNHCR in Kassala, Sudan will launch a number of programmes and activities to address issues from SGBV, AIDS prevention, main-streaming of the rights of persons with disabilities, mental health, etc. A workshop will be conducted for all internal staff members with a focus on mental health services provided to the refugees, screening, mental health and human rights law, with group discussions including staff and psycho-social health workers. (

For detailed information regarding CBM celebrations around the world, please go to the following website: or


National Advisory Committee for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities announces all day festivities!  For more information please see:

1) Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Kevin Rudd, MP marked the Day with the launch of the first report on achievements toward ensuring persons with disabilities benefit equally from Australia’s aid programme.  He also announced four new partnerships on disability with related spending totaling just over $10 million over 4 years.  (
2) There will be a Gala Screening at the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra, presented by the
The ACT Human Rights Commission. (

St Poelten, Meeting and Conference organized by Caritas Vienna and NGOs:

1) Barrhead, Alberta, Canada. Barrhead Community Council celebrates the Day with their 6th annual Inclusive Community Celebration at the Barrhead Seniors Drop-in Center. (
2) The Community Futures Development Association of British Columbia will be celebrating keeping the promise by launching a peer to peer network for the entrepreneurs with disabilities. ( or
3) Tri-Cities Celebration of Ability in recognition of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The Tri-Cities are made up of the communities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody in British Columbia. (
4) Fashion Moves oversees a year long Fashion Design Challenge and works with new and established fashion designers to design fashionable garments for a disabling condition. (
5) Canadian Paraplegic Association of Ontario is sponsoring events of poetry readings, live music and local artwork at Variety Village. (

Iraqi Alliance for Disability in cooperation with Handicap International organized an event that was attended by over 200 diplomats and dignitaries, including representative of the President of the Republic of Iraq and the Deputy Prime Minister. Statements were made along with interactive discussions on the issues of persons with disabilities. Questions were also raised as to whether Iraq will be part of the CRPD and ratify the Oslo Treaty and activate national law for Iraqi persons with disabilities. Music and celebratory activities took place throughout the day.

The Association of Psychological and Educational Counselors of Asia- Pacific (APECA) and Mobility-India (MI) held an event on Saturday, 4th December, at Mobility India Office in Bangalore. 40 participants from different organizations attended, including a large group from Chamrajnagar, MI’s CBR project. Participants shared their personal stories of disability, their experiences, strength and hope with each other. The event concluded with a lunch.

1) UNWG, Rome will introduce the initiative of its Family Issues Committee of a Focal Point for UN Families with children/young adults with disabilities to inform and help families of the staff of the Rome based UN agencies. As part of an awareness raising campaign within the un Agencies, the UNWG will show at FAO, a video on children/young adults with disabilities. (
2) Special Day of Activities at the Palazzo Ducale, Provincia di Mantova, Settore Turistico e Culturale (,
3) Avigliano, Italy – Associazione di Famiglie a Vantaggio dei Disabili will present a Film Festival and a showing of “Aunt Lisa”

AIFO- K NGO and KOSCOBAR – K CBO will conduct a slum sensitization event and launch the project “Disability and development. Initiative for the vulnerable group of Korogocho, Kenya”- financed by Regione Liguria and AIFO, to celebrate the Day at the Korogocho Community Center. (

The Libyan Paralympic Committee will conduct an awareness-raising fair to highlight issues related to persons with disabilities. (

On December 3rd 2010 – the 3rd Nationale Wereldgehandicaptendag at the Ronald McDonald Centre in Amsterdam will be held using the very successful 2nd Nationale Wereldgehandicaptendag programme of 2009. The events will include a fashion show and a wheelchair tango demonstration, as well as a getting-to-know-you event at the information market place. (,

The Network of Organizations Working with People with Disabilities, Pakistan (NOWPDP) will hold an event at the  Karachi Marriott Hotel, which will include a panel discussion with disability practitioners and Inclusive Society Pakistan will launch a parent support group. The event will also highlight success stories of persons with disabilities. (

This year’s commemoration includes a presentation of a Declaration of Support to the President and presenting priority issues that require support from concerned Government agencies, particularly the duty bearers on the promotion and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities. An event will be held at the SKYDOME SM City North EDSA and includes a Forum on RA 9442 moderated by Pastor Rico Domingo and  Atty. Jessica Siguijor-Magbanua to announce the resolution of of the 11th Division of the Court of Appeals, LIFTING THE SUSPENSION OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NCDA ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 1 – or the guidelines on  issuance of  PWD IDs. to be enforceable nationwide. The opening ceremony will be conducted by UN Resident Coordinator’s Office represented by Ms. Eden Garde, the National Coordinator of UN Habitat. Other festivities also include a face painting booth, balloon twisting demo with balloon give aways for kids and a talent competition. (

The Public Chamber of Ivanovo Region will hold an event to commemorate the day to highligh integration issues related to children with and without disabilities. (Общественная палата

Somaliland National Disability Forum (SNDF) with of help its member organizations, international partners, Government and civil society representatives, as well as persons with disabilities, commemorated the Day with a forum, a public debate, a screening of a film on disability and drama production that included a presentation of the national anthem in sign language by deaf students (

South Africa
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa will hold an event on 9 December to commemorate the Day. ( or

United Kingdom
1. In Cambridgeshire at the OWL Centre in Sawston, Sawston’s Christmas Fair; In Papworth Everard, the Learning Centre will be celebrating with an early Christmas party featuring a live band; In Suffolk, the Learning Centre in Foundation Street, Ipswich is holding a fundraising coffee morning from 10am-12pm.; In Essex, Papworth Trust Centre in Basildon will be having a talent contest. To find out more please call or visit
2. Special Olympic Great Britain: Wear the Laces Day!  Fundraising and awareness campaign… competitions with great prizes on Facebook.,
3. ADD International – Stamp and Swap Campaign,,
4. See new documentary on accessibility. Read more:
5. AbleChildAfrica will be marking Disability Day with a special Kilimanjaro Fundraising Climb where young people with disabilities will attempt to climb the mountain with Dame Evelyn Glennie. (
6. Free Public Lecture: The missing 650 million? Watch online at or
7. Haringey Disability First Consortium will have a good old fashioned “knees-up” with poets, DJs and making t-shirts that will include a report on successes, and challenges with a focus on in the coming years. Last year, the Consortium  launched its forum on the International Day.

United States of America
1. The Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of State Office of Global Women’s Issues, National Council on Disability, the United States International Council on Disabilities, Human Rights Watch, InterAction, and the U.S. Department of State’s Executive Women at State, Asian American Foreign Affairs Association, and Disability Action Group, will hold an event to address critical disability issues. (
2. United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) statement by Board of Directors