Ban underlines rights of persons with Down syndrome

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the world to reaffirm that persons with Down Syndrome are entitled to the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, deploring the stigma and discrimination they continue to face.

UN report highlights need to make television more accessible to persons with disabilities

Television should be made more accessible to persons with disabilities, argues a new United Nations report released today, which identifies different accessibility options that would enable users to fully access audiovisual content.

More than one billion people face some form of disability, UN report finds

More than one billion people worldwide experience some form of disability, the United Nations and the World Bank said today in a report that calls for the elimination of barriers that often force the people with disabilities to “the margins of society.”

UN human rights official lauds ratification milestone for disability pact

The United Nations human rights chief today added her voice to the chorus welcoming the 100th ratification of the UN’s disability convention, but warned that too few countries currently have laws protecting persons with disabilities from discrimination.

UN chief welcomes 100th ratification of UN disability convention as ‘milestone’

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed Colombia’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as an “important milestone,” emphasizing the treaty’s role in providing inclusion and development for persons with disabilities worldwide.

Give people with disabilities access to information technology – Ban Ki-moon

Attitudes towards the world’s 650 million people living with disabilities need to change so that their right to participate fully in the information society is honoured, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

UN labour agency spotlights need for decent work for people with disabilities

The United Nations agency tasked with ensuring decent work for all called today for greater efforts to break down the barriers that still prevent millions of people with disabilities from fully participating in the labour market, citing a strong link between disability and poverty.

UN committee drafting treaty to protect persons with disabilities to open session

A United Nations committee negotiating a treaty to protect the rights of 600 million people worldwide with disabilities is set to open its third session next week in New York.

UN working group drafts text of international disability convention

Taking a step forward on the path to full equality for disabled persons, a United Nations working group has drafted the text of an international treaty protecting their rights.

Italy honoured at UN with Roosevelt disability award

Italy received the seventh annual Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award at the United Nations Headquarters in New York today for its outstanding effort to improve the lives of people with disabilities.