Sixth annual Accessible Americas event held in Quito, Ecuador from 20 to 22 November

ITU regional event, Accessible Americas: ICTs for all. 20-21-22 November 2019. Quito, Ecuador.
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The sixth edition of Accessible Americas: ICTs for ALL took place in Quito, Ecuador, from 20 to 22 November 2019. Accessible Americas is the region’s flagship event to improve inclusiveness in the Americas by ensuring ICTs equally benefit all citizens, regardless their gender, age, ability, or location. The event was jointly organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Ecuador’s Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society (MINTEL). 

Accessible Americas is a platform to share good practices in digital inclusion – including policies, regulations, strategies, programmes, projects, and implementation – in order to encourage countries and other stakeholders to work towards eliminating barriers to ICTs so that they can be used for human development and to improve the quality of life of all individuals, without discrimination.

Besides raising awareness, ITU also aims to develop regional capacity in digital inclusion by training advocates who can then go on to support the implementation of relevant initiatives in their own countries. BDT’s Digital Inclusion Programme therefore delivered a half-day executive training session for ITU Members and stakeholders on ICT accessibility as a means of supporting national, regional and global efforts to develop inclusive digital societies. 149 people from 16 countries in the Americas region obtained ITU Academy certification upon completion of the training.