Together with Para Athletes and ArtistsGlobal Appeal 2020 To End Stigma and Discrimination against Persons Affected by Leprosy

Date: Monday, January 27, 2020 17:00 - 18:30
Venue: ANA Intercontinental Tokyo (Akasaka, Minato-ku)
From left: Duane Kale (IPC), Miki Matheson (TNF Paralympic Support Center), Yukinobu Ike (Japanese Wheelchair Rugby Team), Manami Ito (Violinist), Koshi Kishita (Singer-songwriter), and Mr. Kumar (Family of person affected by leprosy in India)

Since 2006, The Nippon Foundation has issued an annual Global Appeal to end stigma and discrimination against persons affected by leprosy, joined each year by influential individuals and organizations in conjunction with World Leprosy Day in January. Via the launch ceremony, we aim to foster a correct understanding of leprosy throughout the world and bring an end to the discrimination associated with the disease.

In the Paralympic year of 2020, the 15th Global Appeal aims for an inclusive society together with International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and the launch ceremony will be held in Tokyo.

The ceremony will invite persons affected by leprosy from Japan and the world, as well as Duane Kale (Vice President of the IPC), Yukinobu Ike (Captain of the Japanese Wheelchair Rugby Team) and Miki Matheson (The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center) to launch the appeal to end stigma against leprosy.

The ceremony will also feature special collaborative music performed by two talented artists, the blind singer-songwriter Koshi Kishita, who is known as the Stevie Wonder of Japan, and Manami Ito, a Paralympian and violinist.

Prior to the ceremony, as part of the events related to this year’s Global Appeal, speakers from different backgrounds will take part in a roundtable discussion on the theme: “Difference Is Natural.”

For inquiries and registration, please refer to the contact information below.

The 15th Global Appeal 2020
To End Stigma and Discrimination against Persons Affected by Leprosy

Global Appeal 2020 Launch Ceremony

Date Monday, January 27, 2020 17:00 – 18:30(Doors Open: 16:00)
Venue ANA Intercontinental Tokyo (B1F)Access
  • Wheelchair Parking(B2F, B3F)
Organizer The Nippon Foundation
Endorser International Paralympic Committee
Partner The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center
  • 17:00- Opening/Organizers’ Remarks
  • 17:20- Remarks by Persons Affected by Leprosy
  • 17:40- Music Performance by Artists
  • 18:00- Launch of Global Appeal 2020
  • English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation available

Roundtable “Difference Is Natural”

Date Monday, January 27, 2020 14:30 – 16:00 (Doors Open: 14:00)
Venue ANA Intercontinental Tokyo (B1F)
Organizer Sasakawa Health Foundation
Supporter Center for Human Rights Education and Training
Partner The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center
  • 14:30- Opening
  • 14:35- Keynote Speech
  • 14:45- Discussion
  • 15:30- Q&A
  • 15:50- Closing
  • English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation available

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For inquiries and Registration

Ms. Makiko Tanaka
Sustainable Development and Leprosy Team, The Nippon Foundation

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  • Phone: +81-80-4654-6499