UN Department Of Public Information In Armenia Marks International D


03.12.2010 14:20

The UN Department of Public Information in Armenia together
with “Pyunic” Armenian Association for the Disabled marked the
International Day of Persons with Disabilities today and opened an
exhibition of handicrafts, art works produced by children and adults
with disabilities.

The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with
Disabilities aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and
mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons
with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to
be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every
aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

The theme of this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities
is “Keeping the promise: mainstreaming disability in the Millennium
Development Goals”. Among the promises made by world leaders at the
MDG Summit in September was a commitment to improve the lives of
persons with disabilities.

Maria Dotsenko, Representative of UN Department of Public Information
said: “The UNDPI in Armenia supports the efforts of the Government and
civil society aimed to improve the life of persons with disabilities
and their integration in society. Very important is that Armenia is
among the UN member States who ratified the Convention of the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities, which sets out the legal obligations of the
states to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities.”

“We are dedicated to assist persons with disabilities to overcome
negative community stereotypes and develop skills necessary to be
more active members of society and UN’s assistance is important for
us,” said Hakob Abrahamyan, the President of the “Pyunic” Armenian
Association for the Disabled”.

The UN has recognized that the dignity and the equal rights of all
members of the human family are the foundations of freedom, justice
and peace in the world. These principles have guided the work of
the UN and are enshrined in various instruments such as the UN
Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as
in documents such as the International Covenants on Human Rights,
and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

From: A. Papazian

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