Global Leader's Challenge

National and international leaders around the world show their support for sign language rights by participating in our #GlobalLeadersChallenge during this 2020 International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL), held on 23 September each year, as part of the International Week of the Deaf (IWD).

This celebration arises from the Resolution A/RES/72/161 of the United Nations adopted in 2017, which recognises 23 September as the International Day of Sign Languages.

The theme for the 2020 International Day of Sign Languages is “Sign Languages are for Everyone!” And around the world, this challenge has been successfully met by local, national, and global leaders leaders have responded by signing the theme in their national sign languages!

Happy International Day of Sign Languages!
#IDSignLanguages #IWDeaf

Name: Michelle Bachelet
Country: United Nations
Role: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Name: Jean Todt
Country: United Nations
Role: UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Road Safety

Name: Olga Algayerova
Country: United Nations
Role: The Executive Secretary of UNECE (UN Economic Commission for Europe)

Name: María del Socorro Flores
Country: United Nations
Role: Chair of the Human Rights Council Task Force on Accessibility

Name: Denys Shmyhal
Country: Ukraine
Role: Prime Minister

Name: Erna Solberg
Country: Norway
Role: Prime Minister

Name: Hon.Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr Sa’ilele Maliel
Country: Samoa
Role: Prime Minister

Name: Law Chi-kwong
Country: Hong Kong
Role: Secretary for Labour and Welfare

Name: Serhiy Shkarlet
Country: Ukraine
Role: Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine

Name: Sophie Cluzel
Country: France
Role: Minister of Disability

Name: Denitsa Sacheva
Country: Bulgaria
Role: Minister of Labor and Social Policy

Name: Maxym Stepanov
Country: Ukraine
Role: Minister of Health

Name: Jack Chambers
Country: Ireland
Role: Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Sport

Name: Marina Lazebna
Country: Ukraine
Role: Minister of social policy

Name: Anne Rabbitte
Country: Irleand
Role: Minister for Disabilities

Name: Mama Coumaré
Country: Mali
Role: General Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs

Name: Mrs. Shahnaz Karimi
Country: Iran
Role: Head of Special Education of Tehran

Name: Donna Shalala
Country: USA
Role: Congresswoman

Name: Loic Prud'homme
Country: France
Role: Member of Parliament

Name: Catriona Laing
Country: Nigeria
Role: British High Commissioner

Name: Liudmyla Denisova
Country: Ukraine
Role: Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights.

Name: Zamani Saul
Country: South Africa
Role: Premier of the Northern Cape

Name: Mr. Abolfazl Kaboli
Country: Iran
Role: Special Inspector of Deputy Minister of Social Partnerships of the Ministry of Interior

Name: Jérémie Boroy
Country: France
Role: President of the National Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities

Name: Allan Winde
Country: South Africa
Role: Premier of the Western Cape

Name: Vitali Klitschko
Country: Ukraine
Role: Mayor of Kyiv

Name: Anne Hidalgo
Country: France
Role: Mayor of Paris

Name: Brian Bowman
Country: Canada
Role: Mayor of Winnipeg

Name: Hazel Chu
Country: Ireland
Role: Lord Mayor of Dublin

Name: Nicolas Samsoen
Country: France
Role: Mayor of Massy

Name: Dr. Seyyed Javad Hoseini
Country: Iran
Role: Deputy Minister and Head of Special Education Department of the Country

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Name: Sophie Wilmès
Country: Belgium
Role: Prime Minister

Name: Habit Hajredini
Country: Kosovo
Role: Director Office of Good Governance/Prime Minister Office of Republic of Kosovo

Name: Moussa Mara
Country: Mali
Role: Current member of Mali Parliament and Ex-Prime Minister 2014-2015

Name: Maria Sangaré
Country: Mali
Role: National Director of Special and Preschool Éducation - Representative of the Ministry of National Education

Name: Several Leaders
Country: Croatia

Name: Mark Takano
Country: USA
Role: Congressman

Name: Joel Thomas
Country: Haiti
Role: CAPPA's CEO and Nation Board member of SANFIL

Name: Hatouma Gakou
Country: Mali
Role: Social Affairs Administor - President of the Malian Federation of Associations of People with Disabilities in Mali

Name: Valerii Sushkevych
Country: Ukraine
Role: Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Name: Henry Noël
Country: Mali
Role: Director of NGO Humanity and Inclusion

Name: Salif SANOGO
Country: Mali
Role: Director General of the Mali Radio Television Office

Name: Tara Hartley
Country: Canada

Name: Azbije Ramaj
Country: Albania
Role: Director of Institute of Deaf Students Tirana

Name: Anira Thinon
Country: Thailand
Role: Deputy Director-General, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEP)

Name: Luigi Soreca
Country: Albania
Role: EU Ambassador to Albania

Name: Limya Eltayeb
Country: Albania
Role: UNDP Country Director in Albania

Name: Anisa Ruseti
Country: Albania
Role: Deputy Mayor - Municipality of Tirana. Albania.

Name: Ogerta Manastirliu
Country: Albania
Role: Ministry of Health and Social Protection

Name: Rafael Vera Castillo
Country: Chile
Role: Mayor of Vicuña

Name: Vladyslav Kryklii
Country: Ukraine
Role: Minister of Infrastructure

Name: Lindsay Hoyle
Country: United Kingdom
Role: Speaker of the House of Commons

Name: Ayelet Shaked
Country: Israel
Role: Member of Parliament

Name: Several leaders
Country: Czech Republic

Name: Tamir.E
Country: Mongolia
Role: Director of General authority for Development of Persons with Disabilities

Name: Altmaa.B
Country: Mongolia
Role: Director of Vocational training center

Name: Bayrbat.S
Country: Mongolia
Role: Director of Rehabilitation and Vocational training center

Name: Carmen Calvo
Country: Spain
Role: Vice president, Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Memory

Name: Pablo Iglesias
Country: Spain
Role: Second Vice president and Minister of Social Rights and the Government´s 2030 Agenda

Name: Fernando Grande-Marlaska
Country: Spain
Role: The Minister for Home Affairs

Name: Meritxell Batet
Country: Spain
Role: The Speaker of the Lower House of Spanish Parliament

Name: Pilar Llop
Country: Spain
Role: The Speaker of the Upper House of Spanish Parliament

Name: Jesús Celada
Country: Spain
Role: The Director of Disability Policy

Name: Luis Cayo
Country: Spain
Role: The president of Cermi Estatal

Name: Luciano Poyato
Country: Spain
Role: The president of Plataforma Tercer Sector

Name: Viktoras Pranckietis
Country: Lithuania
Role: Speaker of the Seimas

Name: Marco Antonio Gamarra La Barrera
Country: Peru
Role: President of the National Council for the Integration of People with Disabilities

Name: Attila Fülöp
Country: Hungary
Role: State Secretary for Social Affairs

Name: Olena Zelenska
Country: Ukraine
Role: First Lady of Ukraine