Press Release

UN Secretary-General's message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

03 December 2021

  • Realizing the rights, agency, and leadership of persons with disabilities will advance our common future.

We need everyone, including persons with disabilities, on board to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Around the world, persons with disabilities and their representative organizations are taking action to realize the call: ‘Nothing about us, without us’.  

COVID-19 has laid bare the persistent barriers and inequalities faced by the world’s 1 billion persons with disabilities, who have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic. 

A disability-inclusive pandemic response and recovery should be guided by persons with disabilities themselves, forge partnerships, tackle injustice and discrimination, expand access to technology and strengthen institutions to create a more inclusive, accessible, and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.

I urge all countries to fully implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, increase accessibility, and dismantle legal, social, economic and other barriers with the active involvement of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations.

On this International Day of Persons with Disabilities, let us commit to build a sustainable, inclusive and just future for everyone, leaving no one behind.

UN Secretary-General's message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Rashad Huseynov

Rashad Huseynov

Mr Huseynov has over 20 years of experience in the field of media, communications and political affairs. He joined the UN since August of 2017 as a National Information Officer. Prior to this, Mr Huseynov worked as a Media Officer at the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna; Public Information Officer at the OSCE Office in Baku; Director of Press Department at the Embassy of Israel in Azerbaijan; as well as anchor, editor and reporter in various national media outlets. He holds a PhD in Political Science.

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