One day before world leaders begin the United Nations General Assembly, entertainer Stevie Wonder addressed the U.N. on Monday (September 23).
Speaking at the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Realization of the Millennium Development Goals and Other Internationally Agreed Development Goals for Persons with Disabilities, Stevie Wonder called on world leaders to work together to help people with disabilities.
"I've always been a man of dreams and hopes. I know that working together, we can create a world where persons with disabilities face no limits," said the blind entertainer.
"We need to make sure that real participation and voices of persons with disabilities are included in everything we do for peace and development around the world. As we look to the future in the advancement of disabilities, inclusive development, let us all in our own way, be messengers of peace," Stevie Wonder told the star-struck audience.
He added, "I'm looking forward to when I can write a song about how great, not only one nation, but all of the nations of the world, opens up and handles what they need to do, making the world accessible for those with any disabilities at all. Thank you."
The meeting was opened by the President of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly John Ashe, who called for an end to the discrimination against people with disabilities.
Beginning Tuesday, world heads of state and government will gather at the United Nations for the start of the General Assembly debate.
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