UNSG calls for unity, full rights of persons with autism 


Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau
UN head António Guterres on Monday called to ensure an inclusive and accessible world for all in his message to mark World Autism Awareness Day on Tuesday.

The annual commemoration is on 2 April is a moment to recognize and celebrate the important contributions of autistic people in every country and community.

Mr. Guterres said “But around the world, they continue to confront barriers to their fundamental rights to education, employment and social inclusion as called for by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

He urged governments to invest in stronger community support systems, inclusive education and training programmes, and accessible and technology-based solutions to enable persons with autism to enjoy the same rights as others.

“Today and every day, let’s unite to realize their rights, and ensure an inclusive and accessible world for all,” he said.

According to the WHO, over 1 in 100 children has autism, which constitutes a diverse group of conditions related to development of the brain.

World Autism Awareness Day has been celebrated since 2007, after a proclamation by the UN General Assembly.

UN said that this year’s observance in New York will provide a truly global overview from the perspective of autistic people representing six regions: Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin American and the Caribbean, North America and Oceania.

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