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On the Day of Persons with Disabilities 3 December 2016


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supports and promotes the rights of the persons with disabilities striving to create inclusive societies with equal economic opportunities and accessible infrastructure.

For the past 10 years, UNDP in Turkmenistan with its national and international partners have supported men and women with disability to obtain computer and leadership skills, improve the curricular of the vocational schools and widen employment opportunities.

On the occasion of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, UNDP together with the UN family in Turkmenistan have launched online social media campaign sharing the stories of the persons who prove that disability does not prevent them from living life full of joy and happiness.

Disability often invokes emotional response and pity; however, it is vital to understand what can be done to widen opportunities of the persons with disabilities.

Here are our stories. Follow us to read more during the upcoming week.

UNDP: Reaching higher education: Inspirations from women with disabilities

UNICEF: Quality of care in early years is not an option; it is a must for survival and growth

UNFPA: Meet Orazbibi, a girl from Turkmenabat, eastern Turkmenistan who has cerebral palsy


Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on 3 December around the world. The theme for this year’s International Day is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”. This theme notes the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities. This year’s objectives include assessing the current status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and SDGs and laying the foundation for a future of greater inclusion for persons with disabilities.

Observance of the 2016 IDPD coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD – one of the most quickly and widely ratified international treaties put forth by the United Nations to date.


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