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World Down Syndrome Day 2023



World Down Syndrome Day 2023

Monday 20 March 2023, 2-6:30 p.m.

Room XXV, 1st Floor, Building E, Palais des Nations

In-person, Hybrid only for the Assembly

Celebration of World Down Syndrome Day

On Monday 20 March 2023, the Division of Conference Management at UN Geneva is organizing in collaboration with Down Syndrome International a series of activities to promote disability inclusion and diversity.

The afternoon will start with a dance performance by the artists with Down syndrome from the Théâtre de l’Esquisse, followed by an Assembly gathering for the first-time advocates of Down syndrome. In the early evening, the celebration will continue with the projection of the short film “Trio”. Please find the complete program below.

The celebration is held in person and is opened to the public: registration via Indico is mandatory for all external participants. 

The Assembly will be webcasted live on UN TV via this link.

  • Keynote by Mrs. Kira Kruglikova, Director of the Division of administration and Chair and Head of the Disability Inclusion Team, UN Geneva
  • Keynote by Ambassador Václav Bálek, President of the Human Rights Council 2023, Permanent representative of Czech Republic


Monday 20 March 2023, 2-6:30 p.m. 

1st Floor, Building E, Palais des Nations


2-2.45 p.m. | Serpentine Bar
Dance Performance by Théâtre de l’Esquisse.

3-4 p.m. | Room XXV
Assembly with Down Syndrome International.
Reuniting for the first time ever self-advocates with Down Syndrome from around the world to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, hear the views of self-advocates with Down syndrome from around the world, and create a statement about the right to easy-to-understand communication.

4-4:30 p.m. 
Coffee Break organised with the sponsor of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Lithuania.

4:30-6:30 p.m. | Room XXV
Screening of the short film « Trio » in presence of the producer, organized by the Cultural Activities Programme, the Permanent Mission of Mongolia and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

More for your interest

Learn more about World Down Syndrome Day

UN Today article “World Down Syndrome Day 2023

Keep up with the upcoming International Days celebrations at UN Geneva visiting our page. 


  • The ongoing renovation of the UN's historic buildings is introducing significant improvements in accessibility.
  • In Geneva, the Disability Inclusion Team organizes events to celebrate the various international days that aim to raise awareness of the importance of rights and inclusion for all.
  • The team ensures accessibility in the workplace and encourages all staff to consider the rights and needs of people with disabilities.

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