Shaping a resilient future for all: Advancing disability inclusion for building resilience

Organizer(s) Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva Permanent Mission of Finland, Geneva United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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Online participation

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10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (GMT+1)

In-person participants

Room Rhin, International Environment House 2, Chemin de Balexert 7/9, Geneva (see map). Breakfast will be served from 09:30 AM onwards for in-person participants.


To commemorate the 2023 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, this event is organized by the Permanent Mission of Australia, the Permanent Mission of Finland, UN Women, UNICEF, and UNDP. The event will be hybrid, taking place online and in Geneva.

We are coming together to celebrate resilient, disability-inclusive communities and to showcase the role of persons with disabilities as agents of change.

Our distinguished speakers will include representatives from the National Forum of Women with Disabilities in Pakistan, the Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Network, the European Disability Forum, Disability Council International, UN Women, UNICEF, and UNDRR.

Remarks will be offered by H.E. Mrs Francisca E. Méndez Escobar, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations Office in Geneva, H.E. Mr Jeffrey Roach, charge d’affaires of Australia to the United Nations Office in Geneva, and Ms Anu Konttinen, Deputy Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations Office in Geneva.

The event will feature an award ceremony for the finalists of the Photo Competition “Change makers in action: Building disability inclusive, resilient communities” sponsored by UNDP and OCHA and moderated by the humanitarian photographer Daniel Hayduk.

Accessibility will be ensured, including venue accessibility, international sign language interpretation, and live captioning.

Please contact Ms. Vanessa Schultz at for any related questions.

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