Monday, September 24, 2018 | ePaper
UN for global awareness about plight of people with albinism
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said International Albinism Awareness Day is an opportunity to declare solidarity with people with albinism.
He said much more can be done globally to raise awareness about the plight of people with albinism.
The UN chief said it is also an opportunity to strive together so those who are often left furthest behind are able to live free from discrimination and fear, and empowered to enjoy their full human rights.
"The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises to leave no one behind," said the UN chief in a message marking International Albinism Awareness Day.
Guterres said albinism is a genetic condition that affects people throughout the world, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender. "Yet, tragically, people with albinism continue to suffer widespread discrimination, stigma and social exclusion. Very many, including children and women, are extremely vulnerable, isolated and subject to abuse and violence."
He said the endorsement of a Regional Action Plan on Albinism in Africa by the African
Commission on Human and People's Rights as well as by the Pan African Parliament is a key step forward.