International Day of Disabled Persons

In 1992, the end of the Decade of Persons with Disabilities ( 1983-1992), the General Assembly proclaimed the December 3 the International Day of Disabled Persons (International Day of Persons with Disabilities).

Said decade has been a period of raising awareness and taking action to improve the situation of persons with disabilities and to provide them equal opportunities.

Later, the UN General Assembly urged member states to highlight the observance of the Day, with a view to further integration into society of persons with disabilities.

Conducting December 3 International Day of Disabled Persons aims to draw attention to the problems of persons with disabilities and protection of their dignity, rights and well-being, to draw public attention to the benefits it receives from the participation of people with disabilities in the political, social, economic and cultural life.

The purposes for which this day was proclaimed — the full and equal respect for human rights and the participation of disabled people in society. These goals were set in the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the General Assembly in 1982.

Recall that The International Day for the rights of the disabled celebrated annually May 5.