1 Billion Voices | Making the Invisible Visible: The Power of Sports and Expressive Arts.
Organized by: The United Nations Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD)/Department of Eco- nomic and Social Affairs (DESA), United for All Peoples (UP) with Manhattan Multicultural Counseling (MMC), Permanent Mission of Monaco, New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Co-Sponsors/partners: Permanent Mission of Monaco, Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda, Permanent Mission of San Marino, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea, International Telecom- munication Union (ITU)
Contributors/supporters: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), World Intellectual Property (WIPO), The Brazilian Paralympic Committee, The Asian Paralympic Committee, Special Olympics, US Olympic Committee, Microsoft, Inter Campus, Pirelli, Migam, Nutella Café, NY1, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Teatro Patologico
Introduction: For many of the more than 1 billion persons with disabilities around the world, the benefits of having access to information, communication, public services, full participation and inclusion in daily and social, economic, cultural, leisure, recreation, and sport activities remain elusive.
This edition of 1 Billion Voices “Making the Invisible Visible: the power of sports and expressive arts”, will discuss ways for a more active role of the private sector and give visibility and share good practices on how sport, leisure, physical activities, culture and arts can contribute to the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by focus- ing on Article 30 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goal 4 and 10 of the 2030 Agenda and its preamble.
1 Billion Voices started as an initiative of young people, committed to supporting the endeavors of the United Nations in raising awareness regarding persons with disabilities. The project engaged persons with disabilities from all over the world by bringing their voices to the United Nations through a digital exhibit entitled “I am... 1 of 1 billion voices” that received lots of recognition both at the UN Headquarters and abroad including:
• the United Nations during the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (2016)
• the United Nations ECOSOC Chamber event on Accessible and Inclusive Cities for All (2016)
• the World Family Summit in Sao Paulo, Brazil (2016)
• the World InfoPoverty Conference (2017)
• the UN Conference of State Parties on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2017)
photos from Session 1
At The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and the visiting New York Rolling Fury team.