Regional Conference on ICTs for Persons with Disabilities in Central America
UNESCO is organizing this conference with a view to empowering persons with disabilities and promoting the inclusion of disability issues into the sustainable development agenda in Member States in Central America. The event will provide a space for the development of long term policies and initiatives and the sharing of best practices on policy development and implementation.
UNESCO with the support of the Government of Costa Rica is organizing the Regional Conference on ICTs for Persons with Disabilities in Central America with the objective of empowering persons with disabilities, including women, girls and indigenous peoples, and promoting the inclusion of disability issues into the sustainable development agendas of Member States in the region.
The deliberations will focus on developing policies to improve the lives of this marginalized group, particularly through enhanced access to education and employment opportunities. The Conference is in line with UNESCO’s mandate to promote the building of knowledge societies and its commitment to working with Member States to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
This regional event will advance discussions on “The Outcome Document –The New Delhi Declaration on Inclusive ICTs for Persons with Disabilities: Making Empowerment Reality” of the UNESCO global conference from Exclusion to Empowerment: The Role of ICTs for Persons with Disabilities organized 24-26 November 2014 in New Delhi. This document which recognizes that the improvement of the well-being of persons living with disabilities requires the combined efforts of all stakeholders in society, including governments, businesses and NGOs, provides a framework for the development of effective policies and the foundation for promoting the human rights of this group. The San Jose event will be a key platform for developing long term pragmatic strategies and initiatives for Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama.