ISLAMABAD, Dec 2 (Pakistan Point News - APP - 02nd Dec, 2016 ) : International Day of Persons With Disabilities (PWD) will be observed on December 3 (Saturday) around the world to promote awareness of disability issues, fundamental rights of PWDs and their integration in main stream. This year objectives set for whole year include assessing the current status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) besides laying the foundation for a future of greater inclusion for persons with disabilities.
The theme for this year's International Day is "Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want". This theme notes the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities. The observance of the 2016 International Day of PWDs coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD - one of the most quickly and widely ratified international treaties put forth by the United Nations to date.
Like other parts of the country a number of activities will be organized to commemorate the day in Pakistan. Directorate General of Special education (DGSE) would hold a moot at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) on December 3, (Saturday). Students of DGSE institutions will present colorful tableaus, national songs and other heart touching skits based on 17 SDG goals. According to United Nations report, at least 10 per cent of the world's population, or 650 million people, live with a disability while 20 per cent of the world's poor are disabled.