DESA News Vol. 13, No. 12 December 2009



General Assembly

64th session, New York

United Nations CensusInfo Regional Workshop

30 November - 4 December, Bamako, Mali

CSD 18 Regional Implementation Meeting - Europe and North America

1-2 December, Geneva

Workshop on Statistics of International Trade Services: Challenges and Good Practices

1-4 December, Rio de Janeiro

Workshop on Case Studies in the Sound Management of Chemicals

3-4 December, Geneva

Meeting of the Friends of the Chair Group on Integrated Economic Statistics

7-9 December, Washington D.C.

Workshop on MDG Monitoring

7-10 December, Beirut

Workshop on the 2010 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses: Census Evaluation and Post Ennumeration Surveys for French speaking African Countries

7-11 December, Tunis

United Nations Climate Change Conference

7-18 December, Copenhagen

Regional Roundtable for Enhancing Governance with Applications of ICT for Achieving the MDGs in Asia and the Pacific

9-10 December, Bangkok

Meeting of the Friends of the Chair Group on Violence against Women

9-11 December, Aguascalientes, Mexico

International Seminar on Early Warning and Business Cycle Indicators

14-16 December, Scheveningen, The Netherlands

Meeting of the Gulf Corporative Council

21-23 December, Muscat, Oman


Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, Regular Session

25 January – 3 February, New York


International Day for Disabled Persons

3 December

The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons, 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 theme of the day is based on the goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by persons with disabilities, established by the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by General Assembly in 1982.

The theme for this year's observance is “Making the MDGs Inclusive: Empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world”. The Secretary-General will open the Day at 10:00 am at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and announce the new United Nations Messenger of Peace.

A panel discussion on the theme will include representatives from the Governments, World Bank, WHO, UNICEF and civil society organizations who will discuss how the empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities contributes to the advancement of the international development agenda.

Another discussion on “Finding the Bottom Line – Rights of Persons with Disabilities” on 4 December at the Hilton Hotel in New York will enhance the provision of services by attorneys in relation to persons with disabilities at all levels. A panel presentation at World Bank Headquarters will commemorate the Day by discussing how persons with disabilities have been included in the work of the Bank, the lessons learned and the impact on achieving the MDGs.

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