International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2010

Yesterday was International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2010.  Today we can begin to review the highlights of the celebration. 

There is no better place to start than reassertion that the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) must fully integrate disability as a cross-cutting issue.


But, is this message getting out? Is it becoming inscribed in policy and performed in projects? 
For example the World Tourism Organization (WTO) is celebrating its contributions to tourism as a tool for development. But are they working with top disability-aware organizations with the capacity to deliver on inclusion of persons with disabilities: 

From the WTO:
International Volunteer Day 2010 is being celebrated under the theme 'Volunteering for the MDGs', highlighting how volunteerism can tip the balance towards meeting the MDGs, the globally-agreed targets to slash poverty, hunger, disease and other social ills, all by 2015.

Since 2007, close to fifty UNWTO Volunteers have been working on tourism development projects around the world to make a difference to the lives of local communities. As the world celebrates the United Nations International Volunteers Day (5 December), UNWTO is proud to be taking an active role in maximizing tourism's contribution to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through its Volunteers Programme. 

Tourism is a major economic sector and driver of development for many developing countries. It contributes directly and through its immense multiplier effects on other sectors, such as agriculture or handicrafts, to economic growth, job creation, particularly in remote regions, and export earnings. International tourism accounts for as much as 45% of the exports of services in developing countries.

The UNWTO Themis Foundation's Volunteers Programme is actively contributing to the MDGs through promoting tourism as an instrument for development and through the education and training of volunteer professionals and their engagement in tourism development projects around the world.

An invitation to the WTO:

Become a Tent Pole agency and deliver on inclusion of people with disabilities as an MDG multiplier.

More on the Tent Pole metaphor and Inclusive Tourism:

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