World Down Syndrome Day at United Nations 2020 Virtual Event

Down syndrome occurs when an individual has an extra partial (or whole) copy of chromosome 21. It is not yet know why this syndrome occurs, but Down syndrome has always been a part of the human condition. It exists in all regions across the globe and commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics and health. World Down Syndrome Day helps draw an international focus to Down Syndrome. Following the cancellation of the World Down Syndrome Day conference in New York and side event in Geneva, we bring you the Down Syndrome Day @ United Nations 2020 virtual event!

For World Down Syndrome Day 2020, Down Syndrome International focuses on the theme "We Decide": all people with Down syndrome should have full participation in decision making about matters relating to, or affecting, their lives. Effective and meaningful participation is a core human rights principle supported by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

  • Virtual event

Event Mission

Show how effective and meaningful participation of persons with Down syndrome can be achieved via accessible information and communication, good support and inclusive consultation; Empower persons with Down syndrome, those supporting them and their representative organisations, to advocate for effective and meaningful participation; Reach out to key stakeholders, including education, health and social care professionals, employers, community and public bodies, the wider disability movement, media and the wider community to disseminate this message and bring about change.


New York

21 Mar
World Down Syndrome Day at United Nations 2020 Virtual Event
  • Organized by: WHO
  • Venue: New York