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ICTs, Innovation and Accessibility: Towards Building Inclusive Communities | Side Event - CSocD61
According to WHO, over 1 billion people are estimated to experience disability. This corresponds to about 15% of the world's population, with up to 190 million (3.8%) people aged 15 years and older having significant difficulties in functioning, often requiring health care services.

Assistive technologies and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are powerful tools for advancing welfare and wellbeing for all in building inclusive communities. The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Process underlines the importance of access to information and knowledge for persons with disabilities. WSIS Action Line C3: “Access to Information and Knowledge” and other relevant Action Lines, include action points on inclusion of persons with disabilities, mainly focusing on improving access to information and knowledge.

The side event will look into the global framework, such as WSIS Forum, for action as well as good practices to enhance cooperation to ensure everyone's right to participate in the information society – regardless of age, gender, location, financial means, or ability in most meaningful and effective manner by taking full advantages and benefits provided by the ICTs solutions and resources. Discussions will also shed light on intellectual property as a key driver of technology development and innovation, as well as the opportunities availed through technological breakthrough for the empowerment of people and communities around the world.


Feb 10, 2023 03:45 PM in Zurich

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