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International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2010

A young girl in a wheelchair happily looking at the camera
Grace (front right) lives near Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. She has cerebral palsy as a result of an infection as a baby, but has achieved great levels of independence since attending CBM partner Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT). She is now in mainstream education and can be seen here, with her mother, friends and Janeth (her CCBRT Community Worker, pushing the chair) on her way to school.

On December 3, 2010, the United Nations and the world celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a UN initiative to highlight the rights and dignity of Persons with Disabilities worldwide. This year the message is:

"Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond"

Keeping the promise!

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2010 reinforces the need to ensure persons with disabilities are included in all development activities through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Under the eight MDGs, all governments globally have committed to bringing us closer to a world where poverty is reduced, all children get to go to school, women can have safe motherhood, and children do not die unnecessarily before the age of five.

Although development efforts are focusing on these goals, right now the world is far away from achieving them by their target date of 2015. In this year's message the UN Secretary-General says "In the Action Plan adopted at the MDG Summit, world leaders recognized that current efforts are insufficient" (download in full, see right).

The role of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)

There is a full programme of events planned at the UN Headquarters in New York on 3 December, including a panel discussion on Community-based inclusive development - 'The role of CBR in the realization of the MDGs for persons with disabilities'.

Karen Heinicke-Motsch - Coordinator of CBM's Advisory Working Group on CBR and Director of International Programs for CBM USA - will be taking part in these talks. Read more about this here, and what other CBM people and our partners are doing around the world in the coming days.

Message from CBM on this day

  • CBM asks our governments to actually measure the impact their aid and their work on the MDGs has on children and adults with disability
  • CBM calls for acknowledgement of the right of children with disabilities to education on an equal basis with other children, as promised in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • CBM calls for action to develop and resource education systems that address the education needs of all children

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