Celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and Award Ceremony of UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been commemorated since 1992 to promote awareness and mobilize support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development. 2016 event in Paris will include award ceremony, high-level discussion panel and film screening.
The objectives of this year’s event at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris are to:
• Mark the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and mobilize support for critical issues concerning sustainable and inclusive development of societies within the context of the SDGs;
• Recognize the outstanding contribution of individuals and organizations in promoting the inclusion and accessibility, and enhancing the lives of persons with disabilities through application of digital solutions, resources and technologies;
• Present new and exciting projects initiated in 2016 by UNESCO and its partners for the empowerment of persons with disabilities to access information and knowledge using ICTs around the world; and,
• Learn from the past experiences of high-level speakers and discuss how existing barriers could be removed and needs of persons with disabilities reflected in sustainable and inclusive manner.