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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

WBU statement on International Day of persons with disabilities – 3 December 2020

Friday November 27th, 2020
The World Blind Union (WBU), joins the rest of the world on Thursday 3rd December 2020 to observe the International Day of Persons with Disabilities under the theme “building back better, toward a disability inclusive, accessible and sustainable post Covid-19 world”. The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities was proclaimed in... View Article

WBU Expands Global initiatives with appointment of four new fellows

Friday November 13th, 2020
The World Blind Union (WBU) has recruited four new fellows to support the WBU-NORADs’ Project Fellowship and the WBU-IW (Inclusion Works Project) under the IDA’s Fellowship Programme. The International Disability Alliance (IDA) Fellowship Programme has a dual objective of providing support to IDA members’ operational capacity to advance the rights of persons with disabilities and... View Article

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Global Events

COSP side-event: 01 December 2020

Wednesday November 25th, 2020
Collecting data on persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic – Challenges and opportunities The CEO of the World Blind Union, Jose Viera, also the Representative of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities, will participate in a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities related to collecting, analyzing and using data on persons with... 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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