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Members of the visually-impaired community, volunteers, local organizations and the Myanmar Red Cross Society participate in the 2017 White Cane Day walk in downtown Yangon. Yangon, Myanmar. Photo by Victoria Milko

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.


Closing the Accessibility Gap: WBU unveils a new report on its journey and learnings towards cities for all

Monday June 3rd, 2024
The WBU is thrilled to announce the release of its latest report, “Closing the Accessibility Gap,” which provides a comprehensive overview of the progress and insights from its Global Programme for Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development (IAUD). This report highlights the urgency to accelerate the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)... View Article

World Blind Union: Website and Brand Update Survey

Thursday April 11th, 2024
Exciting changes are ahead of us! We are in the process of enhancing the World Blind Union brand and creating a fresh new website and we want to hear from you. Click here to complete the survey.

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Global Events

For Immediate Release: World Blind Union and City Space Architecture launch a special issue of the Journal of Public Space

Thursday June 30th, 2022
Katowice, Poland At the 11th World Urban Forum – taking place in Katowice, Poland – the World Blind Union (WBU) and City Space Architecture have launched “Universally Accessible Public Spaces for All”, a special issue of the Journal of Public Space. The launch of this issue is the realization of a commitment WBU and City... View Article

Marc Workman, World Blind Union CEO kicks off our participation at World Forum 11 on Urban Development

Monday June 27th, 2022
Marc Workman, the CEO of the World Blind Union and the team are currently attending the World Urban Forum 11 in Katowice Poland. World Urban Forum 11 is the global Premier conference on Urban Development. WBU is part of a delegation of people with disabilities and we’re there to participate in high-level conversations, to advocate,... View Article

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