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International Disability day commemorated

International Disability day commemorated

Staff Reporter

 

NAMIBIA seeks to increase awareness of gains that can be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life.

 

The 2011 National Census found that roughly 4.7% of the Namibian population lives with some form of disability. The same Census also estimated that the proportion of people living with disabilities was higher in rural areas 5.7% than in urban areas 3.3%.

 

The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3.

 

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The theme for the event is Building Back Better toward a disability-inclusive, accessible, and sustainable post-COVID-19 World.

 

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.

 

The main programme of the observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at the UN Headquarters in New York will include the Opening, panel discussions, and cultural events.

 

Member States, civil society organizations, and the private sector are welcome to organize their own events to celebrate the International Day to raise awareness and promote the rights and perspectives of persons with disabilities around the world.

 

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