1st Annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities Festival
by vasia argiris
We, Niagara Adult Learning Centre and Circle of Friends are excited to be presenting for the 1st time in Ontario on JUNE 3 2017, INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: We will be CELEBRATING with a DISABILITY PRIDE PARADE, a full DAY of SHOWS, FESTIVITIES and the DAY will end with a CEREMONIAL ILLUMINATION of the FALLS.
The Event will take place at Queen Victoria Park right at the Falls! We have invited special guests such as the Prime Minister, the Premier of Ontario, Olympians and Individuals with Disabilities that have made a difference in our Community. There will be an Art Exhibit and a KIDSZONE for the little ones. Closer to the event we will have all the details for the day. This is a day for All individuals with All Disabilities and their Family and Friends to Celebrate!! A day to look forward to every Year. There will be a lot of Media and Advertising Opportunities for Companies and Organizations to gain awareness throughout this event. This event is a great opportunity for companies and organizations to get Brand Awareness.
History and Origin of this Event: “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. The Day will take stock of progress since the Convention’s adoption in 2006 and will reflect on the 166 ratifications it has earned thus far. Events at the IDPD 2016 will emphasize efforts toward universal ratification of the CRPD, ideas for the continued advancement of the goals of the convention, and reflection on the challenges that remain toward the full realization of the CRPD’s goals. Additionally, this year’s IDPD will pay a special attention to issues concerning accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the context of urban development, following the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). As Habitat III promotes a New Urban Agenda for the world’s cities and towns in the next two decades, the IDPD will allow experts from a diverse array of backgrounds to explore and exchange strategies and to best implement the New Urban Agenda and promote inclusive and accessible urban development for all, including persons with disabilities.”
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