UNESCO Walk on International Day of Persons with disabilities 2011

Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2011: A Step Towards Inclusivity

Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2011: A Step Towards Inclusivity

Symbolic Solidarity Walk in Islamabad

To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2011, a symbolic solidarity walk was organized by the Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on December 3, 2011, near Iqra University, Islamabad.

Key Addresses Highlighting Inclusivity

Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata’s Address

Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, a representative of UNESCO, emphasized the immense potential of disabled persons as agents of social transformation. She praised Pakistan’s ratification of the CRPD as a significant milestone but stressed the need for further actions, including anti-discrimination legislation. She also conveyed the UN Secretary-General’s message on this important day.

Mr. Muhammad Atif Sheikh’s Address

Mr. Muhammad Atif Sheikh, President of STEP, highlighted the interconnection between disability and poverty. He pointed out the barriers disabled individuals face in education and employment, which exacerbate poverty. He stressed that inclusive development is essential to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Ms. Lucie Dechifre’s Appreciation

Ms. Lucie Dechifre from Handicap International commended the event and ensured that disabled persons would be included in rebuilding efforts in disaster-affected areas of Pakistan.

Global Observance and Participation

The observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities provides opportunities for all stakeholders, including governments, the UN system, civil society, and organizations of persons with disabilities, to focus on inclusion in development.

Event Participation and Support

Around 600 individuals, including persons with disabilities, representatives from various sectors, and international development organizations, participated in the event. Key supporters included Sightsavers, Handicap International, British Council, Telenor Pakistan, Iqra University, YFP (Youth for Peace), and Sayya Association.

Memorandum and Nationwide ‘Ramp Campaign’

A memorandum urging the representation of disabled persons at the policy-making level and requesting reforms for inclusive education was handed over to the Ministry of Law and Justice. This was followed by the launch of a nationwide ‘Ramp Campaign’.

Keywords:
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2011, solidarity walk, STEP, UNESCO, disability inclusivity, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, Muhammad Atif Sheikh, CRPD, Handicap International, disability and poverty, Millennium Development Goals, inclusive education, ramp campaign, Pakistan disability rights.

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On December 3, 2011, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities was celebrated with a symbolic solidarity walk near Iqra University, Islamabad. Organized by the Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) and UNESCO, the event highlighted the importance of inclusivity and the challenges faced by disabled persons in society.

Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, representing UNESCO, spoke about the potential of disabled individuals as agents of social change. She acknowledged Pakistan’s progress with the ratification of the CRPD but called for more comprehensive measures, including anti-discrimination legislation.

Mr. Muhammad Atif Sheikh, President of STEP, discussed the link between disability and poverty, stressing the need for inclusive development to achieve global goals. Ms. Lucie Dechifre from Handicap International praised the event and highlighted the importance of including disabled persons in disaster recovery efforts.

The event saw participation from 600 individuals, including representatives from various sectors. A memorandum was presented to the Ministry of Law and Justice, urging for policy reforms and inclusive education. This was followed by the launch of a nationwide ‘Ramp Campaign’.

The global observance of this day provided a platform for stakeholders to advocate for the inclusion of disabled persons in all aspects of development, ensuring they are both beneficiaries and active agents of change.

Walk on International Day of Persons with Disabilities December 03, 2011