This year’s theme
Each year the UN announces a theme. The theme for 2017 will be announced soon. The theme for 2016 was: Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want, which draws attention to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how these goals can create a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities.
The annual theme provides a frame for considering how people with disability are excluded from society by promoting the removal of all types of barriers; including those relating to the physical environment, information and communications technology (ICT), or attitudinal barriers. This has been occurring since 1992 when the General Assembly proclaimed 3 December as the International Day of Disabled Persons.
Today, countries all around the world celebrate the day.
UN Themes for previous years
- 2016 – Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want
- 2015 – Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities
- 2014 – Sustainable development: the promise of technology
- 2013 – Break barriers and open doors to realise an inclusive society for all
- 2012 – Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all
- 2011 – Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development
- 2010 – Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond
- 2009 – Making the MDGs Inclusive: Empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world
- 2008 – Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Dignity and justice for all of us
- 2007 – Decent work for persons with disabilities
- 2006 – E-Accessibility
- 2005 – Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Action in Development
- 2004 – Nothing about Us without Us
- 2003 – A voice of our own
- 2002 – Independent Living and Sustainable Livelihoods
- 2001 – Full participation and equality: The call for new approaches to assess progress and evaluate outcome
- 1999 – Making information technologies work for all
- 1998 – Accessibility for all for the new Millennium
- 1997 – Arts, Culture and Independent Living