World Blind Union (WBU)

Union mondiale des aveugles (UMA)
Unión Mundial de Ciegos (UMC)

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1984-10-26 Riyadh Saudi Arabia


Founded as one united world body composed of representatives of national associations of the blind and agencies serving the blind, successor body to both H-XB3499 - World Council for the Welfare of the Blind (WCWB), set up 20 Jul 1951, Paris (France), and H-XB2024 - International Federation of the Blind (IFB), formed in Aug 1964, New York NY (USA). Constitution adopted 26 Oct 1984; amended at: 3rd General Assembly, 2-6 Nov 1992, Cairo (Egypt); 26-30 Aug 1996, Toronto (Canada); 20-24 Nov 2000, Melbourne (Australia); 22-26 Nov 2004, Cape Town (South Africa); 18-22 Aug 2008, Geneva (Switzerland); 12-16 Nov 2012, Bangkok (Thailand).


Protect and promote the human, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of blind and partially sighted people worldwide; contribute to a world in which blind and partially sighted persons can participate fully in any aspect of life they choose; advocate for equal opportunities, protection and promotion of fundamental human rights of all blind and partially sighted persons, to ensure that their voice is heard.


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General Assembly (every 4 years); Executive Committee; Regional (Geographical) Unions: D-XD1546 - African Union of the Blind (AFUB); D-XD6500 - Asian Blind Union; D-XE6441 - European Blind Union (EBU); D-XD0477 - Latin American Blind Union; East Asia/Pacific; North America/Caribbean. Geographical Unions serve as bridges between national members and the Union at world level, and further the work of the Union at regional level. Working Groups (10); Ad-hoc Committees (3); Standing Committees (8); Other Groups (2).


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



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