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G3ict-UNESCO Side-Event at the Sixth Session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP6) to the CRPD

  • New York, NY, USA
  • Thursday, July 18, 2013
  • Time: 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Venue: Conference Room E, UN Headquarters

Promoting Disability-Inclusive ICT Policies for Education

Organized by: G3ict, The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies 
Co-sponsors: UNESCO, Disabled People's International (DPI), Microsoft 

Session overview:
A review of success factors for the development and implementation by States Parties of policies promoting inclusive information and communication technologies for persons with disabilities leveraging the framework of the CRPD.  The panel will discuss, as an example, the model policy on "Inclusive ICTs for Education," jointly developed in 2013 by UNESCO and G3ict.


Introductory remarks: Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict

Opening remarks: UNESCO representatives

  • Suzanne Bilello, Senior Public Information and Liaison Officer, UNESCO Office in New York
  • Pilar Alvarez-Laso, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO
  • Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, Programme Specialist, Universal Access and Preservation Section, Knowledge Societies Division, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO (via video conference from Paris) 

Presentation of model policy "Inclusive ICTs for Education":

  • Amanda Watkins, Assistant Director - Project Implementation, European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education


  • Javed Abidi, Chairperson, Disabled People's International (DPI) and Vice Chair, International Disability Alliance (IDA) 
  • James Thurston, Director – International Accessibility Policy, Microsoft 
  • Susan Mazrui, Director, Public Policy, AT&T
  • Pratik Patel, Founder and CEO, EZFire

Q&A and concluding remarks

Real Time Captioning (CART) service will be provided in the conference room during proceedings.

Related Event: ITU-G3ict Side-Event at COSP6 on July 17, 2013: ICTs for Disability Inclusive Development Efforts | Event Details

View COSP6 conference event details on the UN Enable webpage.