The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights) have announced a collaboration agreement ahead of International Day of Persons with Disabilities tomorrow.
The agreement includes the two organizations working together, alongside like-minded partners, to produce a global communications campaign aimed at changing attitudes toward disability and timed to coincide with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics next year.
IPC President Andrew Parsons and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet signed the agreement, which also has scope for the organizations to collaborate on research, strategy, policy development, and communications, should possibilities arise.
Parsons has expressed hope that the agreement will help to "place disability at the heart of the diversity and inclusion agenda" moving forward.
"With the Paralympics firmly established as the world’s third-biggest sport event, we want Tokyo 2020 to be more than just a showcase of spectacular sport, but a platform to advance the human rights agenda for persons with disabilities," Parsons said.