Networking lunch hosted for persons with disabilities

United Nations Information Centre, Islamabad, in partnership UN Women and the Royal Norwegian Embassy held an event to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This networking event provided community representatives, diplomats and colleagues from the UN family an opportunity to discuss the challenges faced by persons with disabilities in Pakistan and voice their ideas for the future. Those who attended the event included the head of Pakistan’s Para Climbing Club Suleman Arshad, who has a visual impairment, and Abia Akram, the first Pakistani and the first woman with a disability to become Coordinator for the Commonwealth Young Disabled People’s Forum.

2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, one of the most quickly and widely ratified international treaties put forth by the United Nations to date.

Each year on December 3 the United Nations celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year’s theme “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want” notes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their role in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities.