On the eve of International Day for
Persons with Disabilities, International Paralympic Committee President Andrew
Parsons (IPC) updates the next phase of WeThe15.
Andrew Parsons’ Message:
“Dear Paralympic friends,
On the eve of International Day for Persons with Disabilities, I
wanted to provide an update on the next phase of WeThe15. Following a meeting
this week with the International Disability Alliance, the co-chairs of WeThe15
alongside the IPC, we decided to postpone the launch of phase two of the
campaign until 2023.We are committed to ensuring that the second phase of the
campaign translates awareness into action and includes materials to facilitate
your engagement in the campaign.
Despite the delay in the launch of phase two, I am pleased to
inform you that today we are announcing United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
as our 19th strategic partner of WeThe15.
UCLG is a global network of 240,000 cities, local and regional
governments, and municipal associations. Its role is to represent and amplify
the voices of local and regional governments to leave no-one and no place
behind. By joining WeThe15, UCLG will ensure that disability inclusion is at
the heart of the municipal movement through continued advocacy, learning and
training with its members on equitable development.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact
As the theme for this year’s International Day for Persons with
Disabilities (December 3, 2022) is transformative solutions for inclusive
development, let’s continue to celebrate the transformative impact of Para
WeThe15, which aims to be the biggest ever human
rights movement to represent the world’s 1.2 billion persons with disabilities,
was named the International Campaign of the Year at the 2022 Sport Industry
The founding partners of WeThe15 are the
International Paralympic Committee, International Disability Alliance, Special
Olympics, Invictus Games Foundation, the International Committee of Sports for
the Deaf (Deaflympics), UN Human Rights, UNESCO, the UN SDG Action Campaign,
the European Commission, The Valuable 500, Global Citizen, Global Disability
Innovation Hub, the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), International
Disability and Development Consortium, C-Talent, Global Goals Advisory, ATscale
– the Global Partnership for Assistive Technology, Zero Project, and the Global
Alliance of Assistive Technology Organisations (GAATO).