International Day of Disabled Persons
Disability inclusion is an essential condition to upholding human rights, sustainable development, and peace and security. It is also central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind. The commitment to realizing the rights of people with disabilities is not only a matter of justice; it is an investment in a common future.
The global crisis of COVID-19 is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing the extent of exclusion and highlighting that work on disability inclusion is imperative. People with disabilities—one billion people— are one of the most excluded groups in our societies and are among the hardest hit in this crisis in terms of fatalities.
UNESCO marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a week-long program from 25 November to 3 December 2020 under the theme: "Building back better: towards an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 world by, for and with persons with disabilities". UNESCO also organized a Global Awareness Raising Campaign “Tell our stories, enable our rights” on its official social media channels, focusing on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people living with disabilities and on the immediate response to the crisis through open, inclusive and innovative use of digital solutions, tools and resources.
In Iran, too, the 12th of Azar, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, is a precious opportunity to review our record in providing services for people with disabilities with a realistic and critical look. From the first days of its activity, the government has taken into account the comprehensive support of people with disabilities and efforts to solve the problems of these loved ones, including the announcement of the Cabinet resolution on the affairs of the disabled and efforts to solve the problems of these loved ones. The decision of the Council of Ministers on the affairs of the disabled and the efforts to pass the law on the protection of the rights of the disabled are among the most obvious measures that have been taken in this regard.
Government efforts to restore the rights of persons with disabilities and to exploit their potential will only be effective if they are supported by regulatory and legislative bodies. Therefore, the esteemed representatives of the House of Nation and the esteemed officials of the Judiciary are also expected to take a critical look at the performance of various institutions in fulfilling the provisions of laws related to the disabled and strengthen their oversight levers to enable the proper implementation of these laws.