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Photo: Participants at White Cane Day walk in Yangon, the capital of Myanmar, 2017 (Photo Credit: Victoria Milko/ NPR)

Photo: Participants at White Cane Day walk in Yangon, the capital of Myanmar, 2017. (Photo Credit: Victoria Milko/ NPR)

The World Blind Union (WBU) is the global organization representing the estimated 253 million persons who are blind or partially sighted worldwide. Members are organizations of and for the blind in 190 countries, as well as international organizations working in the field of vision impairment. We bring together  national and international organizations of  and for blind persons and those organizations providing services to people with low vision to work on the issues affecting the quality of their life. WBU is a founding member of the International Disability Alliance (IDA), sharing their values and principles of promoting the rights of persons with disabilities. 

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Our Vision: A world in which we, as persons who are blind or partially sighted, can participate fully in any aspect of life we choose.

News

Reach the furthest behind first: Persons with disabilities must be prioritized in accessing COVID-19 vaccinations

Wednesday January 13th, 2021
Recommendations by the International Disability Alliance ​ (IDA): On behalf of persons with disabilities and their organizations as well as support networks all over the world, we call on all governments, United Nations agencies and the private sector to immediately take all measures to ensure that: COVID-19 vaccinations are available in free or low-cost targeted... View Article

WBU statement for World Braille Day – 4 January 2021

Sunday December 20th, 2020
January 4th 2021 is world braille day. In 2018, the UN General Assembly officially designated the world braille day as a day to raise awareness of the importance of braille as a means of communication in the full realization of the human rights for persons who are blind or partially sighted. World braille day commemorates... View Article

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Global Events

WBU Statement 13th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

Thursday December 3rd, 2020
Mr. Jose Viera, Chief Executive Officer, WBU item 5 (b) (iii) Round Table 3: Promoting Inclusive environments for the full implementation of the CRPD With 10 years left to realise the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and uphold its promise of leaving no-one behind, accessibility is the foundation to building a more inclusive, equitable world... View Article

Announcement: WBU-ICEVI General Assemblies, 28 – 30 June 2021

Thursday November 5th, 2020
Dear Members, The World Blind Union (WBU), the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI), and the Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE) are pleased to announce the new dates of the joint WBU and ICEVI general assemblies. The WBU-ICEVI General Assembly (GA) will be fully conducted online from 28 to 30 June 2021. The... View Article

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