North Macedonia in the World

Today, on 21 March, a conference titled “My Friends, My Community – The benefits of inclusive environments for today’s children and tomorrow’s adults” was held at the UN Headquarters in New York on the occasion of marking World Down Syndrome Day which was organised by several Permanent missions of UN member states, the UN Department of Economic and Social affairs, UNICEF and the NGOs of International Disability Alliance and Inclusion International.

The event served as a place to exchange experiences on how inclusion can have a positive influence and how it works in practice in relation to people with Down syndrome.

Aleksandar Matovski, a person with Down syndrome from the Republic of Macedonia, acting as self-advocate gave his address at the conference, and by presenting his current engagement within the non-governmental sector at local and international level aimed towards including persons with disability in social life emphasised the importance of the support from this immediate and wider surroundings in his activities.

Aleksandar Matovski was a guest of the Permanent mission of RM to the UN where its representatives introduced him to the missions’ work and activities within the UN.

The conference is held on an annual basis and it is generally aimed towards advancing human rights for people with Down syndrome and impeded development, through implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and other instruments for human rights.