December 3, 2018 - Ethiopia celebrated International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) for the 26th time today in Hawassa city, the capital of Souther Ethiopia regional state, according to ENA report.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Ergoge Tesfaye, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs said it is the responsibility of all Ethiopians to ensure the benefits of individuals with disabilities are protected by designing strategies that are inclusive of persons with disabilities.
According Dr. Ergoge Tesfaye, the government has planned to manufacture wheelchairs locally.
Chief Administrator of the SNNP regional state, Million Mathios, for his part said efforts are underway to help individuals with disabilities.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is an international observance day promoted by the United Nations since 1992.
Since 1992, the IDPD has been annually observed on 3 December around the world, according to UN website.
The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. This theme focuses on the empowering persons with disabilities for the inclusive, equitable and sustainable development envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
For more information about this annual international event, click here to visit UN.org.