On 21st March 2016, I attended two events at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The first event was chaired by Mr S.Sukhbold, the Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the UN and Dr Nata Menabde, executive director of the New York City branch of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Mr Andrew Boys, the Director of Down Syndrome International attended the event. The event was co-sponsored by Permanent Missions of Australia, Brazil, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, ROK, Luxembourg, Mongolia, New Zealand, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, the United Kingdom, UNDESA, UNICEF, International Disability Alliance, Inclusion International and Down Syndrome International.
It was a very important historical event as for the first time ever, the misuse of the word ‘mongol’ was addressed at the UN. The staff at the Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the UN welcomed me with open arms and made this event happen coinciding the World Down Syndrome Day conference.
The second event was the Wolrd Down Syndrome Day Conference itself. This year’s theme was “My Friends, My Community” – The benefits of inclusive environments for today’s children and tomorrow’s adults.
My speech was on inclusion and language. “Changing stereotypes against people with Down syndrome: THE MEANING OF MONGOL”
World Down Syndrome Day Conference 2016
United Nations, New York
While I was in New York, the UN Radio interviewed me for their website too. I was very grateful to have our voice heard worldwide. If you want to see the slides of my speech you can visit the World Down Syndrome Day website.