UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
2 December 2016 Event
Celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and Award Ceremony of UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize
Celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
“Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”
Award Ceremony of UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize
for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
2 December 2016, 14:30 p.m. - 17:30 p.m., UNESCO Headquarters (Room II), Paris, France
In cooperation with Government of the State of Kuwait and The Nippon Foundation (Japan)
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.
The Day works to promote action to raise awareness about disability issues and draw attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all. Governments, UN agencies, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the private sector are encouraged to partner with organizations of persons with disabilities to arrange events and activities to commemorate the Day.
The theme for 2016 International Day was “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”. This theme noted the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities.
The Day took stock of progress since the adoption in 2006 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and reflected on the 166 ratifications it has earned thus far. Events at the IDPD 2016 emphasized efforts toward universal ratification of the CRPD, ideas for the continued advancement of the goals of the Convention, and reflection on the challenges that remain before CRPD’s objectives can be fully realized. Additionally, this year’s IDPD paid a special attention to issues concerning accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the context of urban development.
The objectives of this event at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris were 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.
The half day event included :
- Award ceremony of the UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and prize lectures;
- Launch of new and exciting initiatives by UNESCO and The Nippon Foundation;
- High-level panel discussion with high-level speakers and international experts working in the subject area;
- Demonstration of remarkable films about persons with disabilities – We Care Film Fest 2016.