United Nations

Six Special Olympics athletes attended the 12th Session of the UN Conference of States Parties to the CRPD and had various speaking opportunities to promote more inclusive policies and programming.
Two women, one girl and two men stand in front of a Special Olympics banner in a garden setting. The man is holding a red microphone.
Every day of the year, fathers support, encourage and comfort us both on and off the pitch. That’s why Special Olympics and UNICEF Bulgaria joined forces recently to celebrate and reflect on the special role that fathers play.
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Chaica Al Qassimi at the United Nations
Special Olympics United Arab Emirates athlete Chaica Al Qassimi speaks on a panel at the UN titled, “1 Billion Voices: Making the Invisible Visible: The Power of Sports and Expressive Arts,” about her story of the power of inclusion in sport.
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Group of seven athletes standing in front of a sign that reads, Changing the world is a contact sport, game on. Some of the athletes are holding Bocce balls.
For the very first time, Special Olympics hosted a Unified Bocce experience at the United Nations.
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Nyasha Derera at the United Nations
During the 12th Session of the UN Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, Special Olympics Zimbabwe athlete Nyasha Derera shared his personal story of exclusion. #choosetoinclude
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A group of athletes close together posing with thumbs up and the peace sign; athletes are wearing red and white Adidas football uniforms.
Athlete leaders demand inclusion for all during 12th Session of the Conference of States Parties.
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A group of athletes close together posing with thumbs up and the peace sign; athletes are wearing red and white Adidas football uniforms.
On Monday, June 10th, Special Olympics International, in partnership with the United Nations Division for Inclusive Social Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations will host a panel discussion at the United Nations in conjunction with the 12th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
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As we move forward, we need to know you’re with us. Be a revolutionary and help end discrimination against people with Intellectual Disabilities.