Commonwealth Parliamentarians mark International Day for People with Disabilities 2019 

Since its inception in 1945, the United Nations (UN) has outlined and reiterated its commitment to calling for the creation of inclusive, accessible and sustainable societies and communities – most notably with the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Over time, the UN has honed its focus on promoting the well-being and welfare of people living with disabilities, and in 1992 called for an international day of celebration for people living with disabilities to be held on December 3 each year.

International Day of People with Disabilities is marked by people, organisations, agencies, charities, places of learning and Parliaments - all of whom have a vital role to play in identifying and addressing discrimination, marginalization, exclusion and inaccessibility that many people living with disabilities face. 

Commonwealth Parliamentarians from New South Wales, Australia; Wales; Malta; Nova Scotia, Canada; and Barbados have been helping the CPA to mark International Day for People with Disabilities 2019. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is working with over 180 CPA Branches across the Commonwealth to develop a new network for Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities.

CPA Video: New South Wales Minister for Disability Services, Gareth Ward, MP talks on this year's theme for International Day of People with Disabilities 2019: promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership. Click here to view video or see below:

CPA Video: Deputy Presiding Officer from the National Assembly of Wales, Ann Jones AM speaks on the recent work of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association for Parliamentarians with disabilities: "People with disabilities make a huge difference in our policy decisions…we can, we do, and we will make a difference." Click here to view video or see below:

For more information on the CPA's work with Parliamentarians with Disabilities please click here.


Updated 3 December 2019.

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