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Regional Forum for Europe on Accessible ICT

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Malta – The Regional Forum for Europe on “Accessible Europe: ICTs 4 ALL” will take place in St George’s Bay, St. Julian’s, Malta, from 4 to 6 December 2019. This regional event for Europe is being jointly organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and European Commission (EC), and is hosted by the Parliamentary Secretariat for Persons with Disability & Active Ageing (PSDAA).

Accessible Europe is held within the fra​mework of the Regional Initiative for Europe on Accessibility, affordability and skills development for all to ensure digital inclusion and sustainable development adopted by the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017. This regional initiative aims at bridging the digital divide and equipping all groups of society, including persons with disabilities and other groups of people with specific needs, to take advantage of ICT, by enabling capacity building in digital skills.

In line with the above, the ITU and EC have joined efforts to encourage Governments, Private Sector, Civil Society, Academia and other stakeholders to promote ICT accessibility in order to create fair and equal opportunities for all people and support a regional development agenda by treating ICT accessibility for people with specific needs and in particular persons with disabilities, as a cross‐cutting development issue.

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