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Innovation empowers more inclusive world for persons with disabilities: UN chief

FILE PHOTO: People with disabilities attending one of the recent editions of the MTN marathon

United Nations, USA | Xinhua | Innovation and technology can be powerful tools for building an accessible and equitable world for all, including persons with disabilities, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Saturday.

The world is confronting a cascade of crises that are disproportionally impacting persons with disabilities, said Guterres in a message to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which fell on Saturday.

Transformative solutions are needed to rescue the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, said Guterres, underscoring the importance of the active participation of persons with disabilities in their full diversity, and their full inclusion in all decision-making processes.

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.

He also noted that to realize the promise of technology, efforts are required to close the digital divide and safeguard human rights in the digital space.

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