The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. The day’s observance aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities.
Annually the World Health Organization decides on a theme. The 2022 theme is inspired by the seventy-seventh session of the General Assembly opening under the theme, “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges.” This theme recognizes that the world is at a critical moment in the history of the United Nations. It is time to act and find collective solutions to building a more sustainable and resilient world for all and for the generations to come.
In moments of crisis, people in vulnerable situations, such as persons with disabilities, are the most excluded and left behind. Therefore, it is crucial for governments and public and private sectors to collaboratively find innovative solutions for and with persons with disabilities to make the world a more accessible and equitable place.