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Expo 2020 celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities and works towards more inclusive world

Underscoring the importance of leaving no one behind, Expo 2020 Dubai is marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December with a flagship event located at the Nexus for People and Planet venue, exploring issues such as inclusive accessibility, education, decent work, innovation and technology, and sport.

Co-curated with the UAE Ministry of Community Development and in partnership with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the ‘Shaping an Inclusive Future for All’ specialist event featured talks by leaders in government and business, artists and athletes, to demonstrate the achievements of persons with disabilities and showcase the ways individuals and organizations can work together to achieve inclusion.

Dina Storey, Head of Sustainability Operations at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “In line with inclusion being one of the UAE’s key values, the team behind Expo 2020 is diverse, inclusive and dedicated to the task of delivering an exceptional Expo for all to the world, with people of determination playing an important role in the event’s lead-up and delivery. Expo 2020 is proud to be hosting this event marking International Day of Persons with Disabilities and looks forward to sharing its outcomes with the world.”

IDPD 2021 Ms. Daniela Bas

Speakers at the event included Her Excellency Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development; Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs; Vladimir Cuk, Executive Director of The International Disability Alliance; Daniela Bas, Director of the Division for Inclusive Social Development, UN DESA and Dr. Victor Pineda, Founder and President, The Victor Pineda Foundation.

The multi-format event included lightning talks and moderated panels where participants shared success stories of bold approaches, partnerships and ecosystems that foster innovation and accelerate change by and for people of determination. Topics ranged from how to create a more accessible world for persons with disabilities to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Disability is referenced across the SDGs, specifically in the areas of education, growth and employment, inequality, accessibility of human settlements and data collection.

To coincide with International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Dubai-based talent academy Rising Stars, which helps disabled children develop their skills, staged another unmissable performance on 3 December at the Opportunity Forum. The group lit up the stage in November, when their heart-warming show during Tolerance and Inclusivity Week fuelled big cheers and standing ovations from a visibly moved audience. The week also brought together participants to focus on solutions to challenges faced by persons with disabilities, including the use of digital services and innovations to access new markets and opportunities.

Expo 2020 Dubai is committed to creating opportunities for persons with disabilities. Playing an active role in shaping the entire Expo experience, persons with disabilities are among Expo 2020 volunteers and employees, while the entire site has been designed to be accessible for all, ensuring everyone is part of a global experience that celebrates the diversity of our world and encourages an inclusive future for humanity.

For more information: https://www.expo2020dubai.com/

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