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Phuong Anh Crystal attends UN disability-related activities in New York

On 23 September, United Nations Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder met with UNICEF advocate and Vietnamese performer Nguyen Phuong Anh to push for greater inclusion for children with disabilities.

Ha Noi, 19 September 2013 -- Nguyen Phuong Anh, known as Crystal, a 16-year-old girl with “Osteogenesis Imperfecta” from Ha Noi will participate in several UN disability-related activities during 22-27 September in New York City, USA as part of the events on the occasion of the UN General Assembly Meeting.

Phuong Anh plans to participate in the High-level meeting of the General Assembly on Disability and Development (HLMDD) on 23 September 2013. The HLMDD provides a unique opportunity to enhance national and international commitments at the highest level, for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the Post 2015 development agenda. Participating in the meeting will be Member States, observers and representatives of entities of the United Nations system, as well as representatives of civil society, organizations of persons with disabilities and the private sector.

Besides the HLMDD, Phuong Anh will also participate in the Forum of the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities and Panel Discussion featuring the voices of Persons with Disabilities on an Inclusive Post 2015 Agenda. She will play various roles in those events including panelist, participant, moderator and singer.

“I am beyond honored to be at this UN high level meeting and other related events. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the work on disability at the global level. I am also a bit worried as I will play different roles at these events. However, there’s one thing I am certain, that is I will do my best to use my voice to speak up for young people with disabilities.” said Phuong Anh. “I want people to know that we – people with disabilities, have abilities and our potential should always be seen before the disability.”  

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For more information or request for interview, please contact:

  • Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, UN Communication Office | Tel: 04 3942 5706 ext 401 | Email:
  • Ms. Nguyen Viet Lan, UN Communication Office | Tel : 04 38224383 ext 121 | Email:



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