March 21, World Down Syndrome Day


March 21, World Down Syndrome Day
Thursday, March 21, 2019

March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), a date that symbolizes the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome, and is a day to raise awareness, celebrate individuals around the world who have Down syndrome, and honor their inherent value and contributions to society.

The theme for WDSD 2019 is “Leave no one behind”, echoing the theme of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Jérôme Lejeune Foundation—with support from Poland, the Philippines, Argentina, Lithuania, Panama and Malta— hosted an event in Geneva during the 37th session of the UN Human Right Council on the theme: “Persons with Down syndrome: Towards better practices in fighting discrimination and favoring inclusion”. Down Syndrome International (DSI) and like-minded NGOs are lobbying at the United Nations in New York for education that includes the needs of children with Down syndrome.

President of the European Parliament (EP), Antonio Tajani opened an event at the EP organized by MEP Miroslav Mikolášik (Slovakia) as part of the Down Syndrome Day campaign. The event was to “raise awareness and to adopt a common position in favor of rights, social inclusion and general life improvement of people with Down syndrome across the European Union institutions and the Member States.”

According to Mikolášik’s Facebook account, the event not only included testimonies from individuals with Down syndrome but “colleagues who came to support the topic” and “experts, doctors, researchers, scientists, representatives of the European Commission, the pharmaceutical sector and the Jerome Lejeuen Institute in Paris.”

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