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IBE speaks on Inclusive Education

On 3 December, persons with disabilities around the world, UN representatives, civil society organisations and the general public will come together to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). The 2015 event marks the 9th anniversary of the landmark Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that was approved in New York and more than 20 years of IDPD celebrations.


This year, under the theme "A Day for All", UN agencies and disability advocacy organizations in Geneva are hosting a series of events to showcase progress made around the world in advancing the rights of persons with disabilities and inclusion, and to recognize and celebrate persons with disabilities as a manifestation of diversity in our societies.

Join us at 15:30 as the IBE speaks on inclusive education. The Programme Specialist Mr. Renato Opertti will speak about the current challenges in inclusive education for learners with disabilities and the key role of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to encourage a paradigm of individualized learning. The IBE advocates the fact that every child is unique and that diversity is in fact an asset for enhancing and democratizing learning opportunities

15:30 - 16:30 - Unveiling of an artistic intervention to the ‘broken chair’ monument
UN agencies, UN mandate holders, Civil Society Organisations, Ambassadors and representative of State Missions and individuals will celebrate the International Day around the Broken Chair* monument to recall that much has been done on the rights of persons with disabilities, but much more remains to be done in the near future, which will demand joint commitment.

Remarks from: 
  • His Excellency Mr John Quinn, Australian Ambassador
  • Her Excellency Mr María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, Ecuador Ambassador 
  • His Excellency Mr Thani Thongphakdi, Thailand Ambassador 
  • His Excellency Mr Keith Harper, U.S. Ambassador
  • Mr Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary General, ITU 
  • Mr Craig Mokhiber, Chief, Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch, OHCHR 
  • Mr Renato Opertti, Programme Specialist of the International Bureau of Education, IBE-UNESCO
  • Mr Alexander A. Mejia, Decentralized Cooperation Programme Head, CIFAL Global Network, UNITAR Dr Etienne Krug, Director, Management of Non-communicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, WHO 
  • Ms Petra Schroeter, Director General, Handicap International
  • Mr Yves Dacord, Director General, International Committee of the Red Cross 
  • Ms Patricia Almeida, International Disability Alliance


*«Broken Chair» erected on Place des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, is a work of Daniel Berset, and property of Handicap International.
Venue: Palais des Nations. This activity is open to public.

Contact Person: Ms Cristina Michels cmichels@ohchr.org, Ms Alarcos Cieza ciezaa@who.int, or Ms Tchaurea Fleury media@ida-secretariat.org

For more information: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/DisabilitiesDay/2015/Pages/ADayforAll.aspx