2 Dec: SG Calls for Inclusive Society and Development By, For, With Persons with Disabilities
“More and more countries are committing to protecting and promoting the rights of persons with disabilities. However, many challenges remain,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, observed on 2 December. “Persons with disabilities experience higher rates of poverty and deprivation and are twice as likely to lack health care. Employment rates of persons with disabilities in some countries are as low as one third of that of the overall population. In developing countries, the gap in primary school attendance rates between children with disabilities and others ranges from 10 per cent to 60 per cent,” he said. More than an estimated 15 per cent of the world’s population experience some form of disability and are often subjected to stigma and discrimination, according to the World Report on Disability, recently issued by the World Health Organization and the World Bank. Experience shows that when persons with disabilities are included in the process of development, their entire community benefits, as their involvement creates opportunities for everyone — with or without a disability. Including persons with disabilities and their communities in developmental efforts is important to advance development at all levels.

More information: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1561

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