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International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3, 2012)

On the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the theme of which this year is “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all,” France recalls its involvement in the fight against all forms of discrimination.

Thirty years ago, at the end of the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons, the General Assembly proclaimed December 3 as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Since then, major progress has been achieved both with respect to raising awareness of the rights of persons with disabilities and with respect to strengthening the international normative framework aimed at enforcing these rights. A Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities was therefore adopted in 2006 under the auspices of the United Nations.

Despite the progress achieved in the last 30 years, persons with disabilities continue to face poverty and a lack of access to social services, employment, education, health care and means of transport in many countries. France, which actively supports the implementation of the convention, also co-sponsors at the UN General Assembly the resolution on achieving the Millennium Development Goals adopted at the international level for persons with disabilities.


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