1999. United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan's Message on the International Day of Disabled Persons.
In his message on the International Day of Disabled Persons, 3 December 1999, Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the United Nations, spoke about the theme of the day, accessibility, with a reminder that for many people with disabilities, the lack of access to essential services remains a source of discrimination and lost opportunities. Accessibility in the broadest sense of the term is a prerequisite for disabled people to enjoy equal opportunities. Internet publication URL: www.independentliving.org/docs6/annan1999.html.