paris – Today, Tuesday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) praised the great contributions made by the State of Kuwait in raising the awareness of the international community about the importance of integrating persons with disabilities, by the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Award for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities as an important tool in this field.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the launch of the UNESCO Prince Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Award for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, which falls on Wednesday, the Assistant Director-General for Communications and Information at UNESCO , Tawfiq Al-Jelassi told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).
Al-Jalassi said that the award, which is awarded once every two years, is an active contribution by the State of Kuwait in efforts to integrate persons with disabilities into society and development, in addition to being an important awareness tool that people with disabilities disabilities enjoy their full rights.
He added that the award “recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities and improve their lives through the application of digital solutions, resources and technology.”
Al-Jallasi continued, “In recent years, the winners have undertaken a series of relevant projects and programs, developed appropriate tools and resources, and strengthened cooperation and partnerships that have contributed to the empowerment of persons with disabilities.”
He emphasized that the award serves as an important channel to recognize individuals and organizations that use digital technologies to promote equality and improve access to information for persons with disabilities.
Al-Jalassi explained that the award is based on three important axes that benefit the category of people with disabilities, including setting policies, raising awareness, collaboration, establishing partnerships, creating digital solutions, and providing enabling environments and processes , including tools and resources, and develop them.
As for the grant, he added, it works to build and improve people’s capabilities to create, adapt and use digital solutions in a sustainable and cost-effective way.
Al-Jalassi pointed out that there are more than one billion people with disabilities in the world, equivalent to 15 percent of the world’s population, amid a lack of legal frameworks to protect their rights and a lack of financial and human resources needed to perform. their activities related to basic needs.
He explained that “the State of Kuwait has been a member of UNESCO since 1960 and since then it has contributed significantly to raising the awareness of the international community about the importance of focusing on the inclusion of people with disabilities. One of the main enabling factors is information and communication technology,” noting that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities emphasizes the importance of access to information and communication technology.
In turn, the permanent representative of the State of Kuwait at UNESCO, dr. Adam Al-Mulla, said that the award has a great impact on people with disabilities because of the contributions it makes to improve their lives through the application of solutions, resources and digital technologies.
He emphasized that the award of the late Prince Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah enjoys the support of the state, which works internally and externally to promote an inclusive society in which people with disabilities are integrated and all obstacles are removed , whether environmental or social.
Al Mulla explained that the award aims to “honor and reward organizations and individuals who make exceptional contributions that have proven their success in promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and their empowerment through the effective and creative application of digital solutions.”
The UNESCO Prince Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities aims to recognize outstanding contributions made by individuals, organizations or institutions in the field of inclusion of people with disabilities in society to reward by applying solutions, resources. and information and communication technology to ensure their access to information and knowledge.
The total value of the award, which is awarded once every two years, is $40,000 and is distributed equally to individual and institutional winners, while UNESCO selects the award winners based on the evaluation and recommendations of the jury.
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