Calendar of Major Events 2016

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4 January: World Braille Day*

8 February: International Epilepsy Day*

21 March: World Down Syndrome Day

2 April: World Autism Awareness Day

13 June: International Albinism Awareness Day

25 June: World Vitiligo Day (skin disease)*

19-25 September: International Week of the Deaf*

28 September: International Day for the Universal Access to Information (UNESCO)

5 October: World Habitat Day

8 October: World Sight Day*

10 October: World Mental Health Day

17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

31 October: World Cities Day

3 December: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

10 December: Human Rights Day

* Non-UN days

Events in 2016

2 to 12 February: 54th session of the Commission for Social Development

9 to 11 February: AccessAbilities Expo, Dubai, UAE

10 to 12 February: Zero Project Conference 2016 on Inclusive Education and/or Information and Communication Technologies, Vienna, Austria

18 to 19 February: Disability in the SDGs: forming alliances and building evidence for the 2030 agenda, London, UK

2 to 4 March: Third Session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, Bangkok, Thailand

14 to 24 March: 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women

11 to 13 April: 9th World Assembly of Disabled People’s International (DPI), New Delhi, India

25 to 26 April: Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Hawaii

25 to 27 April: VIII Latin-American Congress of the Blind, Montevideo

18 to 20 May 2016: Third International Conference on Child Disability, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

23 to 24 May 2016: World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, Turkey

25 May: Meeting of the UN Inter-Agency Support Group to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

13-14 June 2016: M-Enabling Summit, Washington, D.C.

14 to 16 June 2016: 9th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, New York, USA

15 August – 2 September: 16th Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

18 to 22 July 2016: AIDS 2016, Durban, South Africa

25 to 27 July 2016: 3rd session of the Preparatory Committee for Habitat III, Jakarta, Indonesia

6 to 13 August 2016:  The 17th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), Toronto, Canada

18 to 25 August 2016: IX General Assembly of the World Blind Union, Orlando, Florida, USA

7 to 18 September: 2016 Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

19 September: UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants

27 to 29 September 2016: 2nd CBR World Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3 to 5 October, 2016: Social Forum, Geneva, Switzerland

15 to 16 October: International Dwarfism Leadership Summit, Berlin, Germany

16 October: DESA-Ecuador High-Level Forum on Accessible and Disability Inclusive Urban Development, Quito, Ecuador

17 to 20 October 2016: Habitat III, UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Quito, Ecuador

25 to 27 October: 23rd Rehabilitation International (RI) World Congress, Edinburgh, UK

28 to 30 October: 27th International Conference on Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, Ghent, Belgium

15 to 17 November: Expert Group Meeting on Advancing the Rights and Perspectives of Women and Girls with Disabilities in Development and Society, Santiago, Chile

28 to 29 November: Third Meeting of the Global Network on Monitoring and Evaluation for Disability-Inclusive Development