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World Braille Day Resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly on 17 December 2018

On 17 December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly passed a WBU Resolution recognising World Braille Day, January 4th, as an international day to raise awareness of the importance of braille​. The Resolution recalls that Braille is a means of communication for blind persons, as reflected in article 2 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and can be relevant in the contexts of education, freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information and written communication, as well as in the context of social inclusion for blind persons, as reflected in articles 21 and 24 of the Convention.

The Resolution affirms that the use of Braille by individuals who are blind or partially sighted ensures the communication of important information to them and others and represents competency, independence and equality. It recognizes that promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms in the context of access to written language is a critical prerequisite to the full realization of human rights for blind and partially sighted people.

The UN 
proclaim 4 January as World Braille Day, to be observed each year, in order to raise awareness of the importance of Braille as a means of communication in the full realization of the human rights for blind and
partially sighted people; and invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations
system, other international organizations and civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe World Braille Day in an appropriate manner, in order to raise public awareness of Braille as a means of communication.

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The Resolution is also available on the UN website in various languages:  http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/73/161​