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07.12.2018 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

UNESCO Artists for Peace Jane Constance and Eijin Nimura celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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On 3 December last, UNESCO Artists for Peace Jane Constance and Eijin Nimura performed during the closing ceremony of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This annual celebration is an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges faced by persons with disabilities all over the world.

This year’s theme focused on empowering persons with disabilities, notably through new technologies.

In her message for that Day, Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, highlighted that “innovative solutions in all societal domains are urgently needed to address the extreme vulnerability experienced by persons with disabilities”. According to her, innovative digital solutions and resources technologies can give persons with disabilities more control over their lives.

During the closing ceremony, the Japanese violinist Eijin Nimura and the young singer from Mauritius, born blind, Jane Constance, joined musicians with disabilities to reaffirm their commitment towards inclusion of disabled citizens.

Eijin Nimura performed Bach’s Siciliano, Paganini’s Nel cor più non mi sento and Berlin’s White Christmas. "Technological advances, especially the development of the Internet, have allowed people with disabilities to listen to music of all kinds in their own homes." However, he added that progress is needed for fair access to live music.

As for Jane Constance, she interpreted, among other songs, her famous Through Your Eyes and she said "Having a disability is not an obstacle; technology can help considerably to fill the gaps. We simply need an adapted education with adapted equipment that helps us progress and thrive. "




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