UN Chief urges a bridging of the gap between commitments and actions for Persons with DisabilitiesListen /
There's been a call for action to bridge the gap between well-meaning commitments and long-overdue actions for more than one billion persons with disabilities.
The call comes from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message marking International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The Secretary-General says "Our challenge is to provide all people with the equality of access they need and deserve," adding that "As negotiators at this year's "Rio+20" United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development agreed, accessibility is critical to achieve the future we want."
The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all”.
And Secretary-General Ban points out that "Barriers can take a variety of forms, including those relating to lack of accessibility in the physical environment and of information and communications technologies, as well as those resulting from legislation or policy, or from societal attitudes and discrimination.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities marks the official opening of preparations for a High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on disability and development in September 2013. Persons with disabilities represent about 15 per cent of the world's population.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.