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United Nations Social Development Network

G3ict Presents at DSPD / DESA Panel Discussion on: Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology | Accessible Technologies for Persons with Disabilities: Crossing the Digital Divide

  • New York, NY, United States
  • December 2, 2014
  • Venue: Conference Room 8, United Nations Headquarters, New York
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Download Publication: Model ICT Accessibility Policy Report

Organized by the Division for Social Policy and Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in partnership with the Singapore and Moroccan Permanent Missions to the United Nations.

Moderator: Ms. Afaf Konja, Journalist and Former UN Spokesperson of the General Assembly 68th session


  • Ms. Daniela Bas, Director, Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD)
  • H.E. Ms. Karen Tan, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Singapore to the United Nations
  • H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, Ambassador, Permanent Mission to the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations
  • Ms. Frances West, Chief Accessibility Officer, International Business Machines (IBM)
  • Mr. Gary Fowlie, Head of the Liaison office of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • Mr. Chapal Khasnabis, Department of Essential Medicines & Health Products, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Mr. Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict
  • Mr. Przemek Kuœmierek, CEO, Projekt migam.org 

Press Release: Model Digital Accessibility Policies Presented at the United Nations - Read.


The report of the ICT Consultation in support of the High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September this year, titled “The ICT Opportunity for a Disability-Inclusive Development Framework”, identified the barriers that people with disabilities experience in accessing and using ICTs
such as web services, mobile devices, television and computers. These barriers include the cost of making accessible ICTs and poor implementation of policies to promote the creation of accessible ICTs.

Accessible technologies can enable and accelerate the social inclusion of PwDs in education, employment, civic engagement, healthcare, culture, protection and entertainment. Ensuring accessibility and expanding access to assistive technologies should therefore become a key element of national, regional policies to remove the remaining barriers faced by PwDs. This will be fundamental for the post-2015 development agenda and for increasing innovation, strengthening environmental protection and driving social and economic development.

Draft Programme
10.00 am – 10:10 am Opening remarks by moderator
10:10 am – 12:10 pm Speakers
12:10 pm – 1 pm Interactive discussion

Objectives of the Panel Discussion
The key objective of the panel discussion is to identify, exchange, and examine good practices and lessons learned in the planning and implementation of policies and strategies to promote accessible technologies for sustainable development in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all.

In particular, the panel aims to:

  • Foster the development and promotion of accessible technologies in order to create fair and equal opportunities for PwDs and support a disability-inclusive development agenda that will contribute to the emerging post-2015 global development agenda;
  • Inspire all stakeholders to take concrete measures for the empowerment of PwDs through the use of inclusive and accessible technologies. 

For further information, please visit http://unsdn.org/promoting-accessible-new-technologies-for-persons-with-disabilities/.

For more information about the 2014 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), please visit: http://bit.ly/idpd2014.