The XVIII WORLD CONGRESS OF THE WORLD FEDERATION OF THE DEAF
The Congress theme, "Sign Language Rights for All" as the overarching theme of the XVIII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf highlights that full enjoyment of linguistic rights is vital in facilitating the full inclusion of the Deaf Community within society.
This theme is a threefold call:
- Sign Language Rights for All as a principle needs to not only be recognised in international treaties and plans of action but also translated into action. Currently this means within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which has been ratified by more than 170 countries; and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which has as its cornerstone 'leave no one behind'.
- Sign Language Rights for All complements the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages (2019) with the opportunity to demonstrate that all sign languages should be accorded the same status as spoken languages.
- Sign Language Rights for All benefits the global community in its entirety - everyone is welcome!