Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality speaks to the heart of UNDP’s work to achieve inclusive, equitable, and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Credit: UNDP.


One billion people live with disability, making them the largest minority in the world. 

With implementation in 177 countries, the landmark 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities demonstrates how countries can come together on an issue and move the needle quickly for change.

This year’s theme of the International Day on Persons with Disabilities, ‘Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality,’ speaks to the heart of UNDP’s work to achieve inclusive, equitable, and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Indeed, to realize the promise of the 2030 Agenda – and its core pledge to leave no one behind - it is essential that all peoples, particularly those facing discrimination and exclusion, have access and voice and can participate equally in every aspect of life.  

To support governments and organizations in achieving this, UNDP launched a guidance note on persons with disabilities today which highlights practical ways we are working in countries around the world to support disability inclusion. We are also taking forward a number of initiatives within UNDP to help reduce barriers and foster an enabling environment for the employment, retention, and closer collaboration with persons with disabilities.

On this day, let’s commit to working together to ensure that persons with disabilities have equal access and voice in society, and can realize their fullest possible potential.    

UNDP's Work:

UNDP provides support to the Sierra Leone election commission hold elections that are not only technically sound and sustainable, but that are also inclusive – in particular, to women and to persons with disabilities.


UNDP Honduras is utilizing 3D printing technology and vocational support to socio-economic reintegration of returning migrants and victims of violence with disabilities. https://bit.ly/2EWKfmo

In Kuwait UNDP is working with national partners on removal of barriers to social, economic and educational inclusion of persons with disability through increasing technical expertise for implementation of Universal Design and countrywide use of technology enablers.


In Ukraine UNDP with the NGO Dovira Foundation supported the first inclusive festival for Donetsk Oblast “The World for Equality” in Mariupol. Festivals like this are important not only because they promote active involvement of persons with disabilities in the life of their community, but also because they encourage their fellow citizens push for a more inclusive society.


In Viet Nam, UNDP conducted research study on stigma and discrimination against persons with disabilities to support evidence-based reporting and monitoring the implementation of the CRPD. http://www.vn.undp.org/content/vietnam/en/home/presscenter/articles/2018/SupportingPwD.html

In Albania UNDP in n partnership with “Innovation Labs Albania”, improved the indications of wheelchair accessibility on OpenStreetMap helping persons with disabilities in the touristic city of Pogradec understand accessibility levels of their city.



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