World Federation of the Deaf (WFD)

Fédération mondiale des sourds (FMS)

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19-23 Sep 1951, Rome (Italy), at 1st World Congress of the Deaf. First Statutes adopted 23 Sep 1951, Rome (Italy); amended: Aug 1963, Stockholm (Sweden); 11 Aug 1967, Warsaw (Poland); July 1987, Espoo (Finland); 3 July 1991, Tokyo (Japan); 8 July 1995, Vienna (Austria); 18 Jul 2003, Montréal QC (Canada); 15 July 2007, Madrid (Spain); July 2011, Durban (South Africa); July-Aug 2015, Istanbul (Turkey); July 2019, Paris (France).


Improve the lives of deaf people who face inequality by promoting human rights and access to sign languages.

Future Events

Past Events(1)

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Events/meetings; networking/liaising; advocacy/lobbying/activism; knowledge management/information dissemination; especially involved with Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).


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English, International Sign.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Consultative Status); International Labour Organization (ILO) (Special List); World Health Organization (WHO) (Official Relations); Council of Europe (CE) (Participatory Status).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 7 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 125 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being



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8. Oct 2019
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