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WDSD Geneva 2020

March 19 - March 20

“We Decide”

Down Syndrome International (DSi) is organising another event at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva for World Down Syndrome Day 2020. We want to give people with Down syndrome an opportunity to speak up on the theme “We Decide” to members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, government officials, and civil society representatives.

Please note that the date of the event is likely to be Thursday 19 March-Friday 20 March due to WDSD falling on a Saturday.

Self-advocates: What could you present about?

We are looking for self-advocates with Down syndrome to present at the event. The theme is ‘We Decide’. Here are some ideas for what you could present about:

  • Times and places that you make decisions
  • Important decisions that you make in your life
  • Why is it important for you to make your own decisions
  • Support you need to make good decisions


Thursday 19 March 2020 – Preparatory workshop

  • Workshop for people with Down syndrome and their supporters only
  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Times: TBC

Friday 20 March 2020 – Side Event to the 23rd Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  • Open event
  • Location: Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (home of the United Nations in Geneva)
  • Times: TBC

Register here

Click here to register for this event


Please do not make any travel arrangements until we have confirmed that you have a place at the event!

Please do not apply to present at the event unless you are a person with Down syndrome.

Unfortunately we are unable to provide any financial assistance for participation in this event.

Other WDSD events happening in Geneva

Thursday 19 March – ‘Soirée de bienvenue’

  • Welcome dinner for UN event participants as well as those attending the Swiss WDSD Conference (see below), organized by local Down syndrome associations (ART21 Geneva, and PART21)
  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Time: TBC
  • More details (registration and price) available in January 2020

Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March – Swiss WDSD Conference and Family Days

  • Conference and family event organized by Swiss and French Down syndrome associations 
  • Highlights will include inclusive circus show, exhibition stands, workshops (in french), Swiss raclette evening (Saturday), and a family brunch (Sunday)
  • Opportunity for international participants to apply for an exhibition stand (free)
  • Location: Signal de Bougy, Swiss adventure park with restaurant and conference facilities, 40 minutes from Geneva
  • More information, including price and registrations from 15 January 2020. NB It will be possible to register for both single or multiple days, as preferred. 

Social media

You can also follow the action at the WDSD Conferences in New York and Geneva on social media:

Sponsorship and support

The 2019 event is sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations in Geneva. It has support from the International Disability Alliance 

You can still watch the recordings from WDSD Geneva 2019 on the event page – WDSD Geneva 2019


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Down Syndrome International
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United Nations – Geneva
Palais des Nations
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