Leaving no one behind: from digital divide to digital empowerment

When, local time: 
Thursday, 15 June 2017 -
11:00am to 1:00pm
Where: 
United States of America, New York
Type of Event: 
Interagency meeting
Contact: 
Foudhail, Rassem (Email: r.foudhail@unesco.org)

In connection to the 10th session of the Conference of State Parties on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), 13-15 June 2017, the side event organized jointly by UNESCO in cooperation with World Federation of the Deaf and The Nippon Foundation, will focus its discussion on the importance of making cyberspace equally inclusive and accessible for all.
This side event, organized jointly by UNESCO in cooperation with World Federation of the Deaf and The Nippon Foundation, will focus its discussion on the importance of making cyberspace equally inclusive and accessible for all.

The panelists will share concrete examples on how digital empowerment resulting from successful measures taken at the international and national levels improved the quality of life of persons with disabilities, provided access to information and knowledge, facilitated learning and teaching, cultural expression and employment, as well as built an enabling environment and opportunities for self-realization within the context of the implementation of UNCRPD and the SDGs.

The panelists believe that scientific and technological progress should not deepen further the divide between the young and the elderly; children, women and men; speakers of lesser-used languages; those who live in remote and urban areas; as well as those who are differently abled, but in contrast provide new opportunities to access multilingual information and knowledge, using inclusive ICTs and enabling full expression through culture and arts, to ensure full participation in society.