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‘Innovation key to a fairer world for persons with disabilities’

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 5 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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‘Innovation key to a fairer world for persons with disabilities’

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Marking this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, has called for transformative, innovative solutions, in a world confronted by crises which disproportionally affect persons with disabilities.

In his message, Guterres noted that greater public-private sector collaboration is needed, in order to develop strategies that benefit persons with disabilities, who should also be involved in their development.

The UN chief pointed to the UN’s internal efforts to make the Organization more accessible to persons with disabilities, describing the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy as a road map to achieving this aim.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities falls on Saturday.

“From headquarters to the field”, he said, “we are working to assess, address and promote digital accessibility and lead by example on disability inclusion”.

Innovation and technology, he continued, can be powerful tools for inclusion, enhancing access to information, education, and lifelong learning, opening new avenues for persons with disabilities to participate in the workforce and society at large on an equal basis.

The United Nations estimates that 15 percent of all people – one in seven – has a disability. Understanding is key to ensuring that these more than one billion people lead fulfilling lives where they are fully integrated into a society that respects their rights and benefits from their contributions.

A newly released UN documentary illustrates this vision of integration, through the eyes of two South Korean artists with disabilities, and reveals a new perspective on the true meaning of inclusion, in today’s diverse world.

“Breaking Barriers One Brushstroke at a Time” takes viewers inside the homes and lives of the artists, who communicate through their paintings and, in the process, teach audiences to listen with their eyes.