On December 19, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution to declare September 23as the International Day of Sign Languages. This resolution was co-proposed by more than a half of the UN member states, Antigua and Barbuda and other 97 states, in response to the request from the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and adopted as a consensus. The resolution states sign languages have an equal status with spoken languages, through the International Day of Sign Languages, promotes member states to take measures to raise awareness on sign language in the entire society to fully ensure the human rights of deaf people. 

WFD RSA and The Nippon Foundation jointly host a celebration event on 23 September 2018 at Tokyo, Japan to celebrate the first International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL), which was adopted by the United Nations, along with governmental officials and deaf organizations in Asia region to raise awareness of sign languages throughout the region. There would be opening addresses from our guests of honour, a lecture from Dr. John C. MAHER and a workshop in the morning. And there will be panel discussions relating to “Sign Language and Communication” with experienced professionals including the government official.

Regional Director Mr. Shimamoto made an announcement regarding this event while he was at the 20 UN CRPD Committee. A recap from his announcement can be found at this link: (around 1:23.30)

The IDSL Commemorative Event on 23rd September 2018 will be LIVE streaming through YouTube via this link:

QR Code to the YouTube LIVE streaming:

1. IDSL Commemorative Event

2. Tentative Agenda of IDSL