Why we’re calling on the United Nations to observe World Parkinson’s Day

Together with PD Avengers, a global coalition of advocates, we’re asking the United Nations to observe World Parkinson’s Day.

We’ve joined with groups from over 60 other countries to call on the UN to observe World Parkinson’s Day (11 April) and Parkinson’s Awareness Week.

Parkinson’s is the world’s fastest growing neurological condition, but it is widely misunderstood.

By standing alongside partners worldwide, we can make ourselves heard and get Parkinson’s better understood globally.

That’s why we’ve signed a letter to the UN Secretary-General to demand change in how the condition is seen and treated.


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Dear UN Secretary-General

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Together with PD Avengers, we're calling on the United Nations to observe World Parkinson’s Day 2021.

In this video Larry Gifford, founder of PD Avengers, explains the letter that our global coalition has sent to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

The world’s fastest growing neurological condition

There are over 10 million people worldwide diagnosed with Parkinson's. Many more live with it, but without access to a medical professional, cannot be diagnosed.

We’ve made big strides raising awareness about the condition in the UK. We’ve influenced health professionals through the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network. Campaigned for better treatment in hospitals. Challenged public misconceptions about Parkinson’s with our powerful TV advert in late 2020.

But globally, we have more to do. Many people with Parkinson’s struggle to afford the medication they need, or lack access to health professionals. Many face stigma and discrimination, and find it difficult to keep working.

Together we can make our voices heard

We need to change how people see Parkinson’s. UN recognition would give the global Parkinson’s community a platform to campaign for greater awareness and action. For better diagnosis and treatment. For urgent funding for research.

Together with PD Avengers, a global alliance of people with Parkinson’s, partners, families and friends spanning more than 60 countries, we are calling on the United Nations to observe World Parkinson’s Day and World Parkinson’s Week.

By standing together, we want to make our voices heard.

The more people who join in, the stronger we'll be

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