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International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2023

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2023 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is a UN day and is celebrated each year on 3 December. In 2023, it will be celebrated on Sunday. The Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

  • The day promotes the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities at every level of society and development.
  • It also raises awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of political, social, economic, and cultural life.


In 1976, the United Nations General Assembly declared 1981 as the International Year of Disabled Persons. The day eas designated at the National, regional and International levels, with an emphasis on equalization of opportunities, rehabilitation and prevention of disabilities.

Important Days in December 2023: National and International Dates


  • 1998: “Arts, Culture and Independent Living”
  • 1999: “Accessibility for all for the new Millennium”
  • 2000: “Making information technologies work for all”
  • 2001: “Full participation and equality: The call for new approaches to assess progress and evaluate outcome”
  • 2002: “Independent Living and Sustainable Livelihoods”
  • 2003: “A Voice of our Own”
  • 2004: “Nothing About Us Without Us”
  • 2005: “Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Action in Development”
  • 2006: “E-Accessibility”
  • 2007: “Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities”
  • 2008: “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Dignity and justice for all of us”
  • 2009: “Making the MDGs Inclusive: Empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world”
  • 2010: “Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond”
  • 2011: “Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development”
  • 2012: “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all”
  • 2013: “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all”
  • 2014: “Sustainable development: The promise of technology”
  • 2015: “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities”
  • 2016: “Achieving 17 Goals for the future we want”
  • 2017: “Transformation toward sustainable and resilient society for all
  • 2018: “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”
  • 2019: “Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda”
  • 2020: “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 world”
  • 2021: “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world”
  • 2022: “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world”


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