Category Archives: International Day of Sign Languages

Live event on the International Day of Sign Languages

You can watch the online event live on this page.

Program: (Only Japanese Sign Language)

  1. Greetings from the Organizer
  2. Greetings from Guests (Tottori Prefecture, The Nippon Foundation, Tottori Prefecture Association for the Deaf)
  3. Short movie (World Federation of the Deaf Asia Regional Secretariat) (with International Sign)
  4. Panel discussion on “Prospects for Sign Language in Japan”
  5. Relay of events in 5 member organizations in Japan)
  6. Declaration of the Organizer

Distribution of YouTube: Available from UTC 05:00 on September 23, 2023. The event will start at UTC 06:00 on September 23, 2023.

The International Day of Sign Languages 2021 Celebration Event will be held in Asia and Oceania.

The International Day of Sign Languages 2021 celebration event will be streamed online due to Covid-19. We are looking forward to seeing many people.

International Day of Sign Languages 2021
Celebration Event: Outline

Objectives Address the establishment of sign language acts in Asia Pacific region, by sharing ideas and opinions about sign languages and accessibility in Asia Pacific region, and by informing wide range of audiences of the principle of “sign language as language” and good practices of information.
Organizers World Federation of the Deaf Regional Secretariat of Asia (WFDRSA), World Federation of the Deaf Regional Secretariat for Oceania (WFDRSO), Japanese Federation of the Deaf (JFD)
Cooperation United Nations, United Nations Information Center
Date Thursday, September 23, 2021 (autumnal equinox day/ national holiday of Japan), 13:00-14:30
Place Broadcasted by YouTube (pre-recorded)
* Videos will be viewable from 13:00 September 23.

Viewer limit None (anyone can access)
Participation fee Free
Communication International sign, subtitles in English

Opening remark

  • Ms. U Ka WENG, Clarissa, Director, WFDRSA
  • Mr. Krishneer SEN, Chairperson, WFDRSO
  • Mr. Fujisaburo ISHINO, President, JFD

Introduction of daily themes of International Week of Deaf People

  • Management Committee of WFDRSA

Congratulatory video message

  • Dr. Srinivas Tata Director of Social Development Division
    United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

Panel discussion: Sign languages around the world and accessibility

  • Coordinator:
    • Mr. Yasunori SHIMAMOTO, Deputy Director, WFDRSA
  • Panelists:
    • Mr. Oliver FURGUSON, former President, Deaf Aotearoa, New Zealand
    • Mr. Kang CHEN, former President, International Committee of the Sports for the Deaf (ICSD)

Message Video from the directors of the JFD about “2020 International Day of Sign Languages.”


On December 19, 2017, the 72nd UN General Assembly proclaimed September 23rd as the “International Day of Sign Languages.” September 23rd is also the day of establishment of the World Federation of the Deaf in 1951. Let’s encourage UN member states to raise awareness of sign language throughout the society so that sign language is regarded equal to spoken language and guarantee the human rights of Deaf people! “Sign language is life.” Congratulations on the 3rd International Day of Sign Languages!

UN Website – International Day of Sign Languages