3 December – International Day of Persons with Disabilities

On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December, the ILO Staff Union celebrates the day by standing in solidarity with all people with disabilities, in particular our colleagues and their dependents.

In November, the ILO’s Governing Body adopted the ILO policy on disability inclusion. The policy aims to not only mainstream disability inclusion in the ILO’s programmatic work but also through its operations, including its internal workplace for a more inclusive ILO. The policy “recognizes that decent work for all can be realized only if persons with disabilities, are fully and meaningfully included in the world of work, and that the ILO needs to lead by example.”

 This includes our own workplace within the ILO. And effective social dialogue between the Administration and the Staff Union is key to ensuring the ambitious goal. The representation of people with disabilities, including those with physical, psychosocial, intellectual or sensory impairments, is integral to this.

The ILO Staff Union reaffirms its commitment to do so by amplifying the voice and message of all colleagues with a disability for a more diverse and equal ILO workplace.

Echoing the motto “nothing about us without us” we call on our colleagues with disabilities and/or colleagues who have dependents with disabilities to reach out to the Union so that your voice and experience is heard and central to the decisions when implementing this policy.

Today also serves as a reminder that we all have a personal responsibility to make not only our workplace but our Staff Union more inclusive.

We all have a role to play.

The United Nations Staff Union in New York have prepared a global virtual event that highlights what staff are doing for persons with disabilities all around the world. The theme of the event is ‘Inside and Beyond the Walls of the UNHQs’ and will capture four themes: Workplace, Challenge, Leaving No One Behind and Awareness. The event will travel globally to meet with colleagues who will share their stories with the viewers. ILO Staff members are all invited to join on Thursday, 3 December from 1 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. (EST). Please watch the short trailer of the event and  click here to join the event .