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World Down Syndrome Day
21 March

"Adequate access to health care, early intervention programmes and inclusive education, as well as appropriate research, are vital to the growth and development of individuals with Down syndrome."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Franciso Javier Lafuente is a Down Sydrome person
from Spain. He is foodie and he is enjoying a soup
in a Japanese restaurant in Morocco.
Photo: Antonio Lafuente


Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, exists in all regions across the globe and commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics or health.

Adequate access to health care, to early intervention programmes and to inclusive education, as well as appropriate research, are vital to the growth and development of the individual.

In December 2011, the General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day (A/RES/66/149). The General Assembly decided, with effect from 2012, to observe World Down Syndrome Day on 21 March each year, and Invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe World Down Syndrome Day in an appropriate manner, in order to raise public awareness of Down syndrome.

21 March 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. For WDSD 2015, Down Syndrome International will focus on: ‘My Opportunities, My Choices’ – Enjoying Full and Equal Rights and the Role of Families”.

Events for World Down Syndrome Day 2015:

The 4th World Down Syndrome Day Conference:
"‘My Opportunities, My Choices’ – Enjoying Full and Equal Rights and the Role of Families"
United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA
Friday 20 March 2015

‘My Opportunities, My Choices’ Information Leaflet PDF

World Down Syndrome Day - General Poster - 2015 PDF

World Down Syndrome Day - Family Poster - 2015 PDF


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