Prestigious Louis Braille medal awarded to Ambassador Aubrey Webson

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Ambassador Aubrey Webson, Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), has been awarded the Louis Braille medal for outstanding service at the World Blind Union (WBU) General Assembly. 

Ambassador Webson is the second person from a developing country to ever receive this award, which recognizes individuals who have made a substantial and outstanding contribution to blind or partially sighted persons through their service. The award’s namesake, Louis Braille (1809 – 1852), was a French educator who developed the system of printing and writing, called Braille, that is extensively used by the sight-impaired.

Received last week in Madrid, Spain, the award was bestowed by Fernando Riaño, First Vice President of the World Blind Union, for Ambassador Webson’s life work. The Ambassador’s accomplishments include UN recognition of International World Braille Day and International Sign Language Day, and founding of the UN Friends of Vision, which has tabled a Resolution on Eye Health.