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WDSD New York 2019

March 21, 2019

“Leave no one behind in education”

This event took place at Trusteeship Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, United States on 21 March 2019 – 10am-6pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Watch the recordings on UN Web TV

Morning session:


Afternoon session:

Please note: you can follow the WDSD Conference in Spanish, Italian or Portuguese. Navigate to the video language menu. Select Spanish, Chinese (for Italian) or Arabic (for Portuguese).

Speech by Marta Sodano, self-advocate representing CoorDown:



…on social media

WDSD Conference Facebook Page

WDSD Conference Twitter Page

WDSD Conference Instagram Page


The WDSD Conference programme is now available:

You can request a copy of the speaker biographies and presentations so that you can follow the action online with the resources you need:



The 2019 event is sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Brazil, Japan and Poland to the United Nations, UNICEF, International Disability Alliance and Inclusion International.

Joining us online

We are delighted that the following organisations joined the WDSD Conference online:

Ilot D’esperance – Democratic Republic of the Congo

Parivaar Sahyadri, The Apex Council of Parents for PWIDDS – India

Luch Dobra (The Ray of Kindness) – Kyrgyzstan

Down Syndrome Association Mongolia – Mongolia

Asociacion Proyecto Yannick – Peru

HOPE Qatar – Qatar

Down Foundation “Raluca” Educational Center – Romania

Werathah – Saudi Arabia

Jinendhi Resource Centre for Down Syndrome – Sri Lanka

Associazione Progetto Avventuno – Switzerland

Pearl of People with Down Syndrome Foundation – Tanzania

The Uganda Down Syndrome Association (TUDSA) – Uganda

Emirates Down Syndrome Association – United Arab Emirates

Alexander’s Angels – United States

Thank you for joining us in New York!


For more information please contact DSi’s International Office.

The World Down Syndrome Day Conference is an international conference held 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


March 21, 2019
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