Have your say at United Nations, Geneva

Panel at Geneva event

Since 2017, each year Down Syndrome International have organised a World Down Syndrome Day event at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. 

The event is both a celebration of World Down Syndrome Day and a chance for self-advocates with Down syndrome to speak up to members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, government officials, and civil society representatives.

In 2019 the theme was “Leave No One Behind in employment” – we heard from self-advocates with Down syndrome about their right to employment. A recurring message from self-advocates was that they want to work. Those with jobs all enjoyed working and were successful in their jobs. Self-advocates spoke strongly about their right to work and to have a decent job with fair working conditions.

For 2020 the theme is “We Decide”. If you have Down syndrome, perhaps you would like to present at the 2020 event.

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

Read more and register to attend on the event page – Geneva 2020

World events 2020

Welcome to our WORLD EVENTS section!

Thank you to everyone who has shared events for 2020. In the current circumstances, with Covid-19 unfortunately limiting activities in many areas, we thank you all for your resilience and determination to carry on raising awareness in new and innovative ways.

Some events have been postponed to a later date and those events can still be found in the Global events listings below.

If you would like us to add your event or to edit an existing event please email wdsd@ds-int.org 


Global events

You can browse events in one of our world region calendars:








You can follow the action all year around on WDSD social media:

Facebook World Down Syndrome Day 

Twitter  World Down Syndrome Day

Instagram  World Down Syndrome Day

On social media we use the hashtag #WorldDownSyndromeDay

Please contact our International Office if you have any queries.

WDSD 2020 theme announced

Down Syndrome International (DSi) are delighted to announce the theme for WDSD 2020, “We Decide”.

Each year DSi presents a “Call to action” for WDSD which is integrated into all of DSi’s WDSD activities. We encourage everyone around the world to do the same.

The theme for 2020, “We Decide” is inspired by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which supports effective and meaningful participation as a core human right.

All people with Down syndrome should have full participation in decision making about matters relating to or affecting their lives.

– Down Syndrome International

Though our WDSD 2020 activities we hope to empower people with Down syndrome to advocate for effective and meaningful participation so that they may reach out to key stakeholders to disseminate this message to bring about change.

Read more and learn how you can get involved on the Call to Action 2020 event page

Presenting the official #LotsOfSocks 2020

Official #LotsOfSocks 2020

It is with enormous pleasure that we present the official #LotsOfSocks design for 2020.

#LotsOfSocks are just one of the ways we get the world talking about Down syndrome on WDSD. Each year Down Syndrome International creates a new official #LotsOfSocks design and the socks are sold around the world to raise awareness. In 2019 over 32,000 pairs were sold!!

Earlier this year we asked you to send us your ideas for the design. We received lots of wonderful suggestions and pictures but there was one that really stood out for us, submitted by Jijo Das. 

We sent Jijo’s artwork to our local designer to create a version that could be put onto socks and the final design is now with the sock manufacturer. You will soon be able to pre-order #LotsOfSocks and our t-shirts from the WDSD shop.

Jijo is the artist behind the brand Art of My Optimus. Jijo’s family describe him as “a warm-hearted, extremely loving & affectionate soul who finds his world in movies and comic books, Jijo is a passionate artist & illustrator with Down syndrome. He may have been a slow learner when it came to cognitive skills, but ever since he learnt how to hold a pencil/chalk he started doing what he loves.”

A huge thank you to Jijo for his inspiring work; we look forward to following his future adventures. You too can follow Jijo on Facebook, Instagram and on YouTube 

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#LotsOfSocks 2020 – Watch this space

#LotsOfSocks 2020 - Watch this space

On World Down Syndrome Day we want to get the world talking about Down syndrome. One of the ways we get people talking is by asking supporters to wear “Lots of Socks”.

Each year Down Syndrome International creates a new official #LotsOfSocks design and the socks are sold around the world to raise awareness. In 2019 over 32,000 pairs were sold!!

It’s time for us to design the official socks for World Down Syndrome Day 2020 and to help us along we asked you to submit your ideas. 

We received lots of wonderful suggestions and pictures and we would like to thank everyone who responded. We are very excited to start working on the final design! Watch this space.


Tell the world, “Leave No One Behind”

The theme of #WDSD19 is “Leave No One Behind”. The theme is taken from the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable development; a global plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.

All people with Down syndrome should have opportunities to live fulfilling lives and to be included on a full and equal basis with others across all aspects of society but the reality today is very different. People with Down syndrome face negative attitudes, low expectations, discrimination and exclusion.

On World Down Syndrome Day, Down Syndrome International (DSi), along with members of the Down syndrome community, will be at the United Nations in both Geneva and New York to speak to key stakeholders in Education and Employment to tell them how they can #LeaveNoOneBehind.

You can support our campaign:

Follow the action from the WDSD Conference on our social media pages and watch the live broadcasts too.

Down Syndrome International on Facebook

Down Syndrome International on Twitter

Down Syndrome International on Instagram

Tell the world what we should be doing to enable people with Down syndrome to live fulfilling lives. Share your views on social media using the hashtag #LeaveNoOneBehind

Watch and share World Down Syndrome Day 2019 videos on Down TV – You might even like to make a video of your own!

Down TV

Wear #LotsOfSocks – Whether you wear lots of socks, mismatched socks or your craziest pair, people will ask you about them and you can tell them that you are supporting people with Down syndrome. Share a photo of your socks on social media with the hashtag #LotsOfSocks and encourage your friends to join in too.

You can read more about our Call To Action on our website.


Have a great World Down Syndrome Day!

Get involved in World Down Syndrome Day 2019

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is celebrated on 21st March each year, a day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

All around the world, communities come together to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

You can find events and activities taking place in your area on the World Down Syndrome Day website and in the Facebook Event for World Down Syndrome Day 2019. You are welcome to share your own event here too. There is a deadline to have your event included on the World Down Syndrome Day website which is 15th March.



Many World Down Syndrome Day events will be raising funds for Down syndrome charities; these charities rely on donations to conduct their work. Please support them if you can.

If you are planning to raise funds for World Down Syndrome Day please consider donating a portion of the funds to Down Syndrome International’s (DSi) Global Support Campaign. DSi work hard to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome around the world, particularly those living in developing countries where they may have very limited access to health care, education and employment opportunities and quality of life is very poor.

You can read more about fundraising on the World Down Syndrome Day website.


However you choose to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day this year we hope you have a great day.

Please share your photos and thoughts with us on social media @WorldDSDay and use all the hashtags: #LeaveNoOneBehind #WDSD19 #WorldDownSyndromeDay #LotsOfSocks

Make a video to raise awareness for #WDSD19

A video touches the heart in a way that no other media can and so they are a great way to raise awareness.

We encourage our supporters to make their own videos as we approach World Down Syndrome Day. This is an opportunity to share a little bit of you with the world. 

We have seen all kinds of videos that have been made for World Down Syndrome Day. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
  • “a day in the life” – show us what you get up to in a typical day;
  • a video of you doing your favourite activity;
  • tell us what “Leave No One Behind” means to you;
  • tell us about your hopes and dreams.
If you need a little more inspiration, check out this lovely video made for WDSD 2018 which has been viewed over 5 million times. Now that’s a lot of awareness raising!!
Once you have made your video make sure you upload it to Down TV where we have created a global meeting point for all #WorldDownSyndromeDay videos. Find out how to do this here:

Wear your #LotsOfSocks on Thursday 21 March

One of the ways that we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) each year is by encouraging our supporters to wear “lots of socks”. but why?

Well it’s simple. Wearing bright and colourful socks are a great way to get people talking on 21 March so you can talk all about Down syndrome.

Each year DSi uses a new sock design. This year’s socks were designed by Sam Asaad.

In the weeks leading up to WDSD, we sell our socks to people all over the world to wear to raise awareness about Down syndrome. Proceeds from the sale of our socks go towards our Global Support campaign to fund our work supporting people with Down syndrome around the world.

As well as simply wearing socks, we also ask supporters to share photos of yourselves wearing your socks on social media using the hashtag #LotsOfSocks. The more people who post and share photos, the more coverage we will collectively get and the further we can spread our message.

If you would like to join in and buy your own #LotsOfSocks socks you will need to be quick as our shop is closing on Tuesday morning (5 March 2019). Until then, you can buy them here:

Visit WDSD Shop

To follow all of the action online follow our pages on:

WDSD on Facebook

WDSD on Twitter

WDSD on Instagram

Have a wonderful World Down Syndrome Day!