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Global Consultation on ICT, Disabilities and Development launched

UNESCO is seeking inputs for the forthcoming High Level Meeting on Disabilities and Development (HLMDD) to be held during the United Nations General Assembly in September 2013. For this purpose a global consultation on ICT, disabilities and development has been launched from 20 May to 10 June 2013. UNESCO invites all institutions interested in this subject to share their experiences, views and recommendations.

On 23 September 2013 the UN General Assembly will hold the High Level Meeting on Disabilities and Development (HLMDD). Looking into contributing to this meeting, ITU and UNESCO, together with G3ICT, IDA,, the Broadband Commission and Microsoft have launched a global consultation to capture recommendations from all stakeholders on the contribution that information and communications technologies (ICT) can help to achieve the autonomous participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society. 

The objective of this consultation is to raise awareness on the benefits of ICT for disability-inclusive development efforts, identify remaining barriers, and propose concrete measures and policies to achieve inclusive development. The outcomes of this global consultation will be used for the preparation of a joint synthesis document as a contribution to the High Level Meeting on Disabilities and Development (HLMDD) in September 2013.

This initiative is a good opportunity for all partners involved to share their experiences, views, and recommendations on how the use of ICTs is facilitating the work with persons with disabilities. The consultation is open from 20 May to 10 June 2013 on this page. The survey is available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese.

UNESCO invites all interested parties to contribute to the consultation by filling in the survey by 10 June 2013 and by sharing this information within their networks.