WDSD 2023 celebrations in Geneva consist of 4 events.

If you wish to attend these events in person, please find registration information at the bottom of this page.

Monday 20 March 2023

World Down Syndrome Assembly

11:30 am - 13:00 (Central European Time)

Palais des Nations (Room to be confirmed)

The World Down Syndrome Assembly will be a meeting of self-advocates with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities from around the world.

Aims of the Assembly

The aims of the Assembly are:

  • To celebrate World Down Syndrome Day (21 March);
  • To hear the views of self-advocates with Down syndrome from around the world;
  • To create a statement about the right to easy-to-understand communication.

Plan for the assembly

Time             Activity

10 minutes - Welcome and introductions

40 minutes - Discussion on easy to understand communication

10 minutes - Voting on a joint statement on easy to understand communication

30 minutes - World Down Syndrome Day celebrations and photos.

Tuesday 21 March

Side event to the UN CRPD.

13:45 pm - 14:45 pm (Central European Time)

Room XXIII, Palais des Nations

This event is a side event to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The event will be attended by members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, government officials, and other important people and organisations.

The main speakers will be self-advocates with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities.

Aims of the Event

The aims of the side event are to:

  • Provide a chance for self-advocates to engage with the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Missions to the United Nations;
  • Raise awareness of the easy-to-understand communications resolution that was passed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2022 (click below to read the Draft Resolution);
  • Share good examples of easy-to-understand communication from around the world

DRAFT RESOLUTION

Art21 photo exhibition

Time and location to be confirmed

Food and social event.

Time and location to be confirmed.

These events are organised by Down Syndrome International.

Sponsors:

  • International Disability Alliance
  • Association Romande Trisomie 21 (ART 21)
  • More sponsors to be announced.

Join us!

If you would like to attend in person at the United Nations office in Geneva, please register by completing the form below:

REGISTER TO ATTEND

If you are unable to attend in person, you can still take part by watching online. We will share the link here soon.


Other events you might be interested in:

12th World Down Syndrome Day Conference

Find out what else is happening on World Down Syndrome Day:

World Down Syndrome Day website