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G3ict / ILO "UNITE Project" Breakfast Meeting Presentation (CoSP5)

A project to promote United Nations Inter-Agency
ICT Accessibility Engagement, initiated by ILO, ITU,
WIPO, WHO,
with the support of G3ict

  • New York, NY, USA
  • Thursday, September 13, 2012
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Venue: UN Delegates' Dining Room, UN Headquarters
By Invitation only
 
The Opportunity
 
Despite benefits of using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in multiple domains, few developing countries ensure that accessible ICTs are widely available and affordable to persons with disabilities. The UNITE Project consists in UN Agencies working together in-country, with government and civil society stakeholders to:
o Promote awareness-raising among decision makers and disability advocacy groups about ICT accessibility barriers and solutions
o Develop and implement ICT accessibility policies and programs
o Provide in-country capacity building
 
Agenda
8:00 a.m.
Registration and breakfast served (seated)
8:05 a.m. Introductions
  • Introduction to the UNITE Project - Barbara Murray, ILO
  • Opportunities for UN agencies to leverage ICT accessibility - Alana Officer, WHO
  • Why ICT accessibility matters? - Gary Fowlie, ITU
8:30 a.m. Methodology, in-country objectives and deliverables of UNITE - Axel Leblois, G3ict
8:45 a.m.
Discussion
9:30 a.m. Adjournment
 
Invited participants include:
o UN agencies (ECLAC, ESCAP, ESCWA, ILO, ITU, OHCHR, UNESCO, UNDESA, UNDP, UNFIP, UNICEF, UNPAN, UNRCNYO, WIPO, WHO, The World Bank)
o Secretariat for the CRPD (UNDESA) and Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (OHCHR)
o CoSP5 Delegates and Permanent Missions
o Civil Society and Disabled Persons Organizations: IDA - International Disability Alliance and DPI - Disabled Peoples’ International)
o G3ict Corporate and Institutional Sponsors
 
UNITE Project Expected Outcomes
1. Real and tangible progress so that persons with disabilities in participating countries are using accessible ICTs;
2. Encourage and inform States Parties who wish to make progress towards implementing the ICT accessibility goals outlined in the CRPD; and
3. UN agencies improve collaboration in delivery of technical expertise in line with CRPD Article 32 on international cooperation.
 
About ILO
 
The ILO is the international organization responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. It is the only 'tripartite' United Nations agency that brings  together representatives of governments, employers and workers to jointly shape policies and programmes promoting Decent Work for all. This unique arrangement gives the ILO an edge in  incorporating 'real world' knowledge about employment and work. Visit: http://www.ilo.org/global/lang--en/index.htm