International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021: History, theme and importance


Every year, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is celebrated on December 3. The day is observed to promote the rights and well-being of people with disabilities at all levels of society and development. In addition, it also aims to raise awareness of the situation of people with disabilities in all aspects of political, social, economic and cultural life.

“More than a billion people have disabilities, and this number is expected to increase, in part due to an aging population and an increase in the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases,” said the World Organization. health (WHO).


Since 1998, the day has been celebrated each year with a particular theme. For this year’s celebrations, the theme of the occasion is “Leadership and participation of people with disabilities towards an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world”.

According to the United Nations website, “The global COVID-19 crisis is exacerbating pre-existing inequalities, exposing the extent of exclusion and stressing the imperative to work on the inclusion of people with disabilities. People with disabilities – one billion people – are one of the most excluded groups in our society and are among the hardest hit by this crisis in terms of deaths. “

“Inclusion of disability will result in a COVID-19 response and recovery that will serve everyone better, removing the virus more completely, and rebuilding better,” he said.


The annual celebration of this day began in 1992 after its proclamation by United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3.

In 2006, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was also adopted. It aims to work towards the creation of equal opportunities for people with disabilities through the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan took to Twitter to mark the important day.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot called for efforts “to promote the inclusion of people with special abilities in society”.

Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also praised “the steadfast spirit of all people with disabilities”.

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