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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

Important announcement to all World Blind Union members and funding partners

Tuesday June 15th, 2021
The World Blind Union (WBU) is sad to announce the early resignation of Dr Frederic K. Schroeder from the position of WBU President. Dr Schroeder, who was elected President of the WBU in 2016 during the last General Assembly, resigned on 13th June, 2021 due to personal circumstances that prevent him from carrying out his... View Article

Urban accessibility: WBU Program Officer appointed to key UN stakeholder advisory group

Wednesday June 9th, 2021
Mr. Hannes Juhlin Lagrelius is responsible for coordinating the World Blind Union (WBU) ’s Global Program for Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development. He was just appointed as an independent expert by the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT) to their Stakeholder Advisory Group Enterprise (SAGE), amongst 140 nominations, together with six... 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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