International Conference “From Exclusion to Empowerment - The Role of Information and Communication Technologies for Persons with Disabilities”

© Ingmar Zahorsky
Deaf School Sri Lanka CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

With a view to empower persons with disabilities and inclusion of disability issues into the sustainable development agenda in Member States, UNESCO, in close cooperation with international, regional and national partners, is organizing an international conference entitled “From Exclusion to Empowerment: The Role of Information and Communication Technologies for Persons with Disabilities” in New Delhi, India from 24 to 26 November 2014.
The major objective of the event is to promote the human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities and to encourage all stakeholders to take concrete measures for the empowerment of persons with disabilities through the effective application of ICTs.

As recognized by the UNCRPD, women and girls are often at greater risk, both within and outside of home for violence, injury, abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment and exploitation. It is, therefore, crucial to integrate gender equality in all efforts to promote the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by persons with disabilities, including in the current Conference.

The International Conference programme of three days, consists of plenary sessions and panel discussions (International conference), a film festival – ‘We Care’ –film screenings and the exhibition on innovative ICT solutions as well as one or several workshops for pre-selected participants and media and supporting events.

Major organizers of the international event:

UNESCO in co-operation
with the Government of India,

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment,
Department of Disability Affairs

and Ministry of Human Resource Development,
Department of University and Higher Education
and Indian National Commission
for Cooperation with UNESCO

In close partnership with Brotherhood,
We Care Filmfest, United Nations Information
Centre for India and Bhutan


More than 500 international, regional and national participants are expected from around the world, including:

• High-level representatives of the Government of India;
• Representatives of Ministries and Departments of Education, Information and Communications, Social Affairs and Health, Women and Child Development;
• Policy and decision makers, international organization representatives;
• Disabled peoples’ organizations, civil society and teacher training institutes;
• Representatives of ICT, media and film industry;
• Information and media professionals and other stakeholders.

Working Language of the event is English.


Type of Event Category 4- International Congress
Start 24.11.2014 10:00 local time
End 26.11.2014 19:00 local time
Date to be fixed 1
Focal point Kasinskaite, Irmgarda
Organizer UNESCO
Contact Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg (
Country India
City New Delhi
Venue Vigyan Bhavan
Permanent Delegation Contact Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants 300-500
Official Website From Exclusion to Empowerment - The Role of Information and Communication Technologies for Persons with Disabilities
Link 1 Agenda
Link 2 Concept Note
Link 3 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Link 4 Access for people with disabilities