Calendar of Major Events 2017

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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*

19-25 September: International Week of the Deaf*

28 September: International Day for the Universal Access to Information

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

29 October: World Psoriasis Day*

31 October: World Cities Day

3 December: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

10 December: Human Rights Day

* Not an official UN observance

Events in 2017

16 to 18 January: UN World  Data Forum, Cape Town, South Africa

8 to 10 March: The right to work for persons with disabilities: International perspectives, Kassel, Germany

9 to 11 March: Third Symposium Franco-Latin American Research on Disability, Porto Alegre, Brazil

19 to 21 March: Access Israel 5th International Convention, Tel Aviv, Israel

22 to 26 May: UNISDR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Cancun, Mexico

23 to 24 May: Afghan Disability Rights Conference: From Policy to Programming, Washington, DC

13 to 15 June: 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, New York, USA

13-14 July: Disability Innovation Summit, London, United Kingdom

7 to 9 August: 5th Afrinead Conference,Kumasi, Ghana

18 to 24 September: International Week of the Deaf

9 to 11 October: Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Hawaii, USA

8 to 10 November: 3rd International Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf, Budapest, Hungary