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Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality: IDPD theme of this year's UN observance
The theme for this year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) to be observed on December 3 has been announced by the UN as "Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality". The theme is in tune the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the UN which promises to "leave no one behind,"

The UN agenda urges the plan of action of the  international community towards a peaceful and prosperous world, where dignity of an individual person and equality among all is applied as the fundamental principle, cutting across the three UN pillars of development, Human Rights and Peace and Security.

"It is critical to ensure, in this regard, the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and create enabling environments by, for and with persons with disabilities," informs the UN website.

The UN is going to launch a first-ever 'Flagship Report on Disability and Development -2018 – Realizing the SDGs by, for and with persons with disabilities' to provide an evidence base for disability-inclusive policy-making, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of an inclusive, accessible and sustainable global development agenda, it has been stated.

Beside the report release, the observance at UN Headquarters is going to bring together Member States, UN entities, Mayors, national and local policy makers, civil society organizations, academic institutes and organizations of persons with disabilities to discuss the way forward for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development.

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