International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Armoogum Parsuramen invited as A High-level Panel Speaker by UNESCO in Paris

The founder and president of Global Rainbow Foundation, Mr Armoogum Parsuramen, has been invited as a High-level Panel Speaker by UNESCO at the celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Prof Parsuramen for UNESCO event photo

Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is considered by UNESCO to be an opportunity to raise awareness on the issues that persons with disabilities face in the society and this modern world.

Therefore, this is the right occasion to promote good practice that is being propagated by different organizations around the globe. On this day, it is valuable to give proper recognition and celebrate the struggles and hardships that these persons go through. At UNESCO, it is important to give these people due respect as they are individuals like everyone.

Mr. Parsuramen’s concern about disability

To celebrate this memorable day, UNESCO has honoured Mr Armoogum Parsuramen to share his experiences and give a thoughtful and strong message to world to encourage inclusion of disabled people in the society and make them be ‘abled’ by giving them the independence of being on their own and learn to live life like others.

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“It is an honour and a privileged that UNESCO has given on this auspicious occasion to express myself through a speech and to share my experiences on this sensitive issue which is still a taboo in certain countries. We live in a modern world but we don’t think of giving modern facilities to people in need. My NGO, Global Rainbow Foundation, is working in this manner to alleviate this taboo of disability in Mauritius and its surrounding countries by acting as facilitators for these people and bringing back their dignity as well as giving the right of social inclusion as they belong to this society,” relates Mr Parsuramen.

High-level panel Speaker at UNESCO EVENT

Prof. Stephen Hawking.

 

As a High-level panel speaker, Mr Parsuramen will have about one hour to speak about his works on disabilities and how he has been able to empower disabled people to come out of their misery and fly high in the sky with new objectives and make them live their dreams. Being a great admirer of Prof. Stephen Hawking, Mr Parsuramen will have to opportunity to listen to this gentleman on the very same occasion as Prof. Hawking will inaugurate the ceremony and give the welcome address. Known for his will power to overcome his disability, Prof Stephen Hawking is a living example of social inclusion and empowerment for people with disabilities. He fought for his independence and has made himself a respectful and dignified celebrity in the scientific world.

UNESCO supports the cause of disability

UNESCO’s aim is to promote inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities in education, science, culture and communication and information. As one of the UN system organizations, UNESCO contributes to the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) and Sustainable Development Agenda within the areas of its competence. Concrete efforts are placed to ensure that women and men with disabilities are integrated fully into every aspect of social, political and economic life as standard practice. It is done in order to create a world which is truly inclusive, pluralistic, open, participatory and knowledge-based.

Of the global population of persons with disabilities, 80% of them live in developing countries. One third of all out-of-school children have disabilities, and fewer than 2% of children with disabilities in developing countries are in school. These are shocking figures. Events such as this Day hope to raise awareness of this injustice in our world and to mobilize us to make a change in access of persons with disabilities to education.

Today, the horizons for persons with disabilities are expanding further and further thanks to the major technological advances we are lucky to be witnessing. Assistive devices and technologies such as wheelchairs, prostheses, mobility aides, hearing aids, visual aids, and specialized computer software and hardware increase mobility, hearing, vision and communication capacities. With the aid of these technologies, people with a loss in functioning are better able to live independently and participate in their societies. However, in many low-income and middle-income countries, only 5%-15% of people who require assistive devices and technologies have access to them. UNESCO is working to ensure that all persons with disabilities have access to new Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) that allow them access to information and knowledge and can benefit from this technological age.

In line with the Organization’s strategic objective to build inclusive knowledge societies, UNESCO looks to promote International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December) by celebrating the extraordinary potential of persons with disabilities. The celebration programme under the theme “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities” will include keynote speeches, a high-level discussion panel, film screenings and cultural events.

The event will be held on 3 December 2015 from 10:00 to 17:30 in Room I, UNESCO House, 7 place de Fontenoy, 75007 Paris.

LIVE STREAM

The streaming will be available from 10:00 to 17:30 in English, French and Spanish.

Live Streaming in English – French – Spanish

-English Streaming :

mms://stream.unesco.org/live/room_1_en.wmv

-French Streaming :

mms://stream.unesco.org/live/room_1_fr.wmv

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