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ITU – UNESCO Regional ICT Accessibility Week, 24-28 September 2017

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Overview

​ITU and UNESCO will be organizing a Regional ICT Accessibility Week in the Arab States during the period 24-28 September 2017. This week seeks to raise awareness across the Region of the critical role played by information in supporting holistic and sustainable national development. In particular, the week will draw attention to the information needs of persons with disabilities and highlight the role that information and communication technologies (ICT) can play in overcoming various information challenges and societal barriers persons with disabilities face.
This week also marks the celebration on 28 September of UNESCO’s “International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI)”, which for 2017 UNESCO has adopted the theme “Overcoming Divides and Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. In the case of ITU this week represents a response to the World Telecommunication Development Conference’s (WTDC) 2014 Arab Regional Initiative entitled “Ensuring access to telecommunications/ICTs, in particular for persons with disabilities”.

For more information please check the invitation letter and concept note on the right.  Also, available on the right is a list of all the activities organized by all the stakeholders during the week.

How to get involved

 The frameworks referred to in this document impart a responsibility not only to ITU and UNESCO but also to Governments, other UN and intergovernmental bodies, civil society, the private sector and citizens in advancing accessibility efforts and promoting sustainable development. The Regional ICT Accessibility Week is an opportunity to raise awareness, strengthen collaboration amongst stakeholders and advance this shared commitment across the Arab region. ITU and UNESCO are therefore inviting stakeholders across the Arab region to organize at least one activity during this week, so as to shed light on their key activities in this domain, whether at the national or regional level. Stakeholders are free to design the nature, scope and location of activities and associate them to the Week, as long they reflect the theme of ICT Accessibility in the Arab region. The online form available on the right can be used to make your submissions, which should be received before 28 July, 2017.

We invite you to follow us on social media under the hashtag #ICTAccessibilityWeek

 

For further information please contact:

ITU:
Mr. Karim Abdelghani, Regional Programme Coordinator for Arab States, karim.abdelghani@itu.int

UNESCO:
Dr. Paul Hector, Advisor for Communication & Information, p.hector@unesco.org
Ms. Neveen Abd Al Wahab, Programme Asst. for Communication & Information, aa.neveen@unesco.org

Governmental Partners

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Stratigic Partners

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Partners involved

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