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The World Celebrates World Down Syndrome Day


Today the world celebrates World Down Syndrome Day celebration very special people that have a big heart.

World Down Syndrome Day is marked each year on March 21.

The 21st day of March (the 3rd month of the year) was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

On 19 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day. The General Assembly decided, with effect from 2012, to observe World Down Syndrome Day on 21 March each year, and invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe World Down Syndrome Day in an appropriate manner, in order to raise public awareness of Down syndrome

This year of 2020, The World Down Syndrome Day Theme is focused on “We Decide”, all people with Down syndrome should have full participation in decision making about matters relating to, or affecting, their lives.

This day was first observed in 2006 in many countries around the world.

Following the joint work of Brazil and Poland, the resolution was adopted by consensus during the plenary meeting of the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday 10 November 2011. The resolution stemmed from an original request by the Brazilian Federation of Associations of Down Syndrome, who worked with Down Syndrome International and its members to launch an extensive campaign to generate international support. The resolution was eventually co-sponsored by 78 UN Member States.

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