World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day have been organizing since 2006. In November 2011, the United Nations decided to officially observe the event from 2012 onwards, inviting governments and businesses to take part in World Down Syndrome Day. Many people wear odd socks on this day or ribbons or wrist bands which vary in color, but often include the words “Down syndrome” in their message.

World Down Syndrome Day is took part in more than 60 countries worldwide. Many organizations and communities, including the United Nations and Down Syndrome International, promote World Down Syndrome Day to raise people’s awareness and understanding of Down syndrome.

Activities and events that take place on March 21 showcase the abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. These events also focus on encouraging independence, self-advocacy and freedom of choices for people with Down syndrome. World Down Syndrome Day is an official UN observance and not a public holiday. Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, being universally present across racial, gender and socio-economic lines. According to the United Nations, it affects about 1 in 800 births in worldwide, causing the intellectual disability and associated medical issues.


Vepa Kanayev,

1st year student of the faculty of “International Law”
of the Institute of International Relations of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.





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