3 December - International Day of People with Disability
In 1992, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 3 December as the International Day of Disabled Persons..Today, countries all around the world celebrate the day. Each year the UN announces a theme. The annual theme provides a frame for considering how people with disability are excluded from society by promoting the removal of all types of barriers; including those relating to the physical environment, information and communications technology (ICT), or attitudinal barriers.
In 2014, the theme is Sustainable development: the promise of technology.
This year the International Day of People with Disabilities will focus on the role of technology in:
- Disaster risk reduction and emergency responses
- Creating enabling working environments
- Disability-inclusive sustainable development goals.
The observance of the Day 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.
Since 2009, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs organizes a film festival as a part of the events at UN Headquarters to commemorate the Day. The United Nations Enable Film Festival(UNEFF) includes short disabilty-related films selected on the basis of their content and message that can help raise awareness of disability issues and further promote the full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society.