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International Day of Persons with Disabilities being marked with series of events at UN headquarters
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), December 3, is being marked with a series of events at the UN Headquarters in New York City, being organised by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) since December 1.

A Panel Discussion on "Persons with disabilities as agents of change: Lessons from disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action for resilient and sustainable societies" was held that discussed recent experience as well as good practices related to building resilience and how persons with disabilities, as agents of change, contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the context of disaster risk reduction, humanitarian action and accessible urban development.

The presentations were on the use of regenerative medicine to treat osteoarthritis, the employment of remote virtual therapy to treat paralysis in persons with stroke, the application of 3-dimensional printing to enhance access for orthotics and prosthetics, and the facilitation of access to technologies by means of entrepreneurship and government participation, followed by a discussion with emphasis on effective, sustainable application of these technologies in our global society.

Another panel discussion was held on "Building Future Societies for All" will bring together the public and private sector to share good practices and future actions on urban social development as a strategy to poverty eradication.

Also, performance by Korean musicians was held along with Heidi Latsky Dance as well as presentation by theatre artists, Dario D'Ambrosi, is an innovative and by now well-established project that engages people with physical and intellectual disabilities in theatre activities, as a means to guarantee their full inclusion into the societies and the full enjoyment of their human rights, in full adherence to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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