World Day of People with Down Syndrome (21/03)

March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day. This date entered the calendar in 2005. The initiative belonged to the participants of the VI symposium dedicated to this topic. In Russia, the Day of a Person with Down Syndrome was first celebrated in 2011. In the same year, the UN General Assembly declared March 21 World Down Syndrome Day (resolution No. A/RES/66/149).

The General Assembly decided that the Day would be celebrated on 21 March each year starting in 2012 and invited all Member States, relevant organizations of the UN system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe World People's Day in an appropriate manner with Down syndrome in order to raise public awareness of the disease.

Down syndrome is a form of naturally occurring congenital genomic disorder that is common in all regions of the world and often leads to changes in motor skills, physical characteristics and health. Adequate access to medical care, early intervention programs and inclusive education, as well as the conduct of appropriate research, is vital for the growth and development of patients.