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 WSIS Forum

WSIS Forum 2015

  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • May 25-29, 2015
  • Venue: ITU and WIPO office HQ 

“Innovating Together: Enabling ICTs for Sustainable Development” is the theme of this year’s World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2015, co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD.

Innovation in Accessibility Technology and Policy | May 29

Susan Carroll Schorr, Head Special Initiatives Division, ITU BDT and G3ict International Advisor will present the ITU-G3ict joint report, titled Model ICT Accessibility Policy.

Model ICT Accessibility Policy Report cover imageMs. Schorr will present the Model ICT Accessibility Policy report developed by ITU and ITU Sector Member G3ict. The report identifies concrete steps ICT policy makers and regulators can take to ensure that persons with disabilities can use affordable and accessible ICTs in their home countries.  The presentation will highlight some of the best practices in the area of mobile phone accessibility, television/video programming accessibility and accessible public ICT services as well as the role played by public procurement in promoting ICT accessibility.

UNESCO will organize six sessions at WSIS Forum 2015. UNESCO’s Deputy Director-General, Mr Getachew Engida, will be giving the opening remarks on behalf of the Organization on May 26. Together with the Heads of agencies of ITU and UNCTAD, Mr Engida will also co-chair the High-level meeting of the United Nations Group on the Information Society.

In addition, UNESCO will organize five more Action Line meetings focusing on Free, independent and pluralistic media and the Post-2015 development agenda.

Joining online: For those unable to participate in this year’s WSIS Forum in person, the event can be easily accessed remotely.

View the agenda here: http://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2015/Agenda/.

Susan Schorr, Head, Special Initiatives Division, ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT)

Image: Susan Schorr, Head, Special Initiatives Division, ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), presenting the ITU-G3ict Publication at the WSIS Session "Innovation in Accessibility Technology and Policy".