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WDSD New York 2019

March 21

“Leave no one behind in education”

On Thursday 21 March 2019, Down Syndrome International will bring together people with Down syndrome, their supporters and advocates, education professionals and experts in the field, government and UN officials at United Nations Headquarters, New York.

Our aim is to reach out to key stakeholders in education to ensure they understand how to provide opportunities, on a fully inclusive basis, in turn encouraging these stakeholders to disseminate this message to bring about change.   

The event will focus on:

  • the concept and practice of fully inclusive education;
  • innovative programmes which provide opportunities for all people, including those with Down syndrome;
  • engaging stakeholders to disseminate the message that people with Down syndrome must have opportunities in education. 

The format will comprise a mix of panel discussion, case studies and testimonies and interactive Q&A with participants to encourage maximum learning and arrive at tangible follow up actions.

Registration for this event will be open soon and will be free of charge. It will also be broadcast live and recorded on UN Web TV.


The 2019 event is sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations.


For more information please contact DSi’s International Office.

We look forward to seeing you in New York!

The World Down Syndrome Day Conference is an international conference held at United Nations Headquarters on or as close as possible to World Down Syndrome Day, organised by Down Syndrome International and sponsored each year by Permanent Missions of UN Member States and international agencies and non-governmental organisations. The Conference has a theme each year, which broadly aims to advance the human rights of persons with Down syndrome and disabilities, utilising the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and other human rights instruments. Speakers comprise a wide cross section from countries around the world and include professionals, advocates and self-advocates.

For further information on the UN CRPD visit the UN Disabilities website


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Down Syndrome International
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United Nations – New York
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New York, NY 10017 United States