BlogWeb accessibility as sustainable development goal
Web accessibility as sustainable development goal
David Eduardo Cedeño (Asociación RED Proyecto Social. Discapacidad – Tecnología)
12 February 2021
Part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda adopted by the United Nationsin 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), were created to increase opportunities for societies and nations seeking a better quality of life for all their citizens without leaving anyone behind.
These goals serve as a way to fight poverty, inequality, and vulnerability, tackling climate change, supporting education, equality, productivity, environmental protection, and the design of cities to make them more inclusive, safe, and resilient – all of this based on a model of human and sustainable development.
However, in order to actively participate in achieving these Sustainable Development Goals, rest assured that there is a wide array of opportunities to do so, for groups that work for social causes, or public bodies and private organisations such as schools, businesses, media, NGOs, websites, etc.
What is the link between web accessibility and the Sustainable Development Goals?
Nowadays, it’s common knowledge that new information technology and everything it encompasses (websites, apps, social media, cloud storage, etc.) is crucial in the attainment of these goals; if more people have access to them, their contribution, productivity, and development will be greater as well.
Any action that fosters independent use of new technology without barriers will also strongly support the materialisation of the SDGs, whose development in turn is based on the use of this same technology.
In an ever-changing society such as ours, web accessibility plays an essential role in the effective achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, as this is what enables quality education, provision of wide-reaching services, economic growth, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
It’s important to bear in mind that these goals cannot be considered sustainable if they are not developed in accessible digital environments. In a world as interconnected as ours, web accessibility must always be present in some form or another in all of the 17 SDGs, be it to guarantee communication, facilitate the offering of products and services, or prevent discrimination.
So that is why it is of paramount importance to continue encouraging the implementation and development of the culture of accessibility. At the end of the day, everyone around the world will benefit from this work.
Web accessibility: a fundamental right that favours achievement of SDGs
Like the Sustainable Development Goals, Web accessibility was designed with a view to transforming the lives of people by enabling them to exercise their full rights as citizens, thereby increasing their opportunities.
Like web accessibility, the SDGs reflect a commitment to not leave anyone behind, and this explicitly includes vulnerable groups of people who need to assert their full rights.
In this sense, the commitment taken on by all those involved is manifestly clear: toempower people with disabilities in the development and execution of plans and strategies for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals for a more inclusive society.
As part of this approach, people with disabilities, as full citizens with rights and responsibilities, will be actively involved in development, with their full participation in attaining the SDGs.
An action that favours social inclusion and the active participation of every citizen equally in the productive and sustainable development of any country.
inSuit and the Sustainable Development Goals
At inSuit,we have a clear understanding of the importance of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and that’s why we, as agents of change, we are committed to achieving them without leaving anyone behind, in the understanding that each organisation needs to collaborate in order to obtain positive results in countries and societies where their actions are deployed.
Our understanding that web accessibility for people with disabilities is crucial for social transformation has led us to the development of a solution that makes the Internet available to everyone, easily and effectively.
When we help to promote people’s fundamental right to freedom, we are opening the door to greater cooperation through technological and sustainable development, offering a better user experience, job creation, and access to information. This serves both the users and the business sector, with the latter setting its sights on a segment of people which has hitherto been ignored.
Along these lines, we resolutely re-assert our role as an innovative company that contributes to sustainable development through digital transformation, which in turn guarantees people’s right to universal access.
Make your web accessible today! Join us in changing our world. Never forget that web accessibility is an essential tool in sustainable development and social and economic growth. Contact us and make the difference!
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