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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.


Benjamin Dard and Hannes Lagrelius from World Blind Union (WBU) discuss their upcoming attendance at World Urban Forum (WUF).

Monday June 6th, 2022
Catch up with the team as they prepare to attend the World Urban Forum 11 in Poland. We are becoming more urban as a global population. In just a few decades by 2050, it is expected that more than 70% of the world’s population will be living in large cities, intermediary cities and urban communities.... View Article

Statement at the United Nations General Assembly, High-Level Meeting on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda

Friday April 29th, 2022
Hannes Lagrelius, Program Officer, Global Program for Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development and the team from World Blind Union attended the High-Level Meeting (HLM) on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) at the United Nations this week. The UN HLM sets policy directions and programmatic initiatives from urban stakeholders and put forward concrete... View Article

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Global Events

Global Disability Summit 2022: WBU Side Event on Disability-Inclusive Climate Resilient Cities – 17th Feb 2022, 12-1pm CET

Friday February 11th, 2022
Inclusive & Resilient Futures: Disability-Inclusive Climate Resilient Cities: Join Global Disability Innovation Hub, World Blind Union and an expert panel to explore the role of inclusive design as a sustainable solution to create more inclusive, accessible and resilient cities. Captioning and International Sign Language will be available at this event

Online Meta Event – Life in Virtual: Hacking Accessibility – December 2 – RSVP

Friday November 26th, 2021
A virtual event will be hosted in two halves by colleagues at Meta (Formerly Facebook). This event is aimed primarily at people with disabilities as well as allies of the community who are passionate about the topics we are covering & keen to be part of the discussion.

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