Chair of the G3ict Board of Trustees and former chair of the CRPD Preparatory Committee of the UN General Assembly.
It is also important to promote greater cohesion between the work towards implementation of Article 9 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and that towards Agenda 2030. With this in mind, the DPI World Assembly is collaborating with the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, G3ict, on a workshop on accessibility and disability rights.
This workshop will have two parts – an introduction to accessibility for leaders and experts with an aim to provide tools for advocacy, and another on public procurement as a policy strategy for digital inclusion and human rights.
The workshop will be conducted by leading experts in the field, including James Thurston, Vice President for Global Strategy and Development at G3ict, and Shilpi Kapoor, Founder, BarrierBreak.
The world is at a critical juncture in the journey towards a more equitable world. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have just been adopted by the United Nations. The 17 goals and 169 targets aim to eradicate extreme poverty, among others. So far, the process has been hugely disappointing for people with disabilities, especially those from the Global South. There are 11 mentions of disability in the entire document but NONE in the most crucial goals and targets: Goal 1 on Eradication of Poverty, Goal 3 on Health and Goal 5 on Gender. The indicators are currently under formulation. By the time we meet in India in April 2016, the indicators also would have been formally adopted. The monitoring process of the SDGs would be on different levels – global, regional, national and thematic. The most crucial component would be at the national level. Each country would have nationally defined indicators that are best suited for its unique priorities. Therefore, the SDGs would not be a success unless ownership takes place at the country level.
The role of people with disabilities and their organizations at the grassroots – national and local level, thus assumes paramount importance. If we want disability to be a part of the post-2015 development agenda, then the grassroots leaders will have to be empowered. This would be perhaps the first such gathering of the global disability movement after the adoption of the SDGs in September 2015. The DPI World Assembly will be a significant platform to take the discourse on leadership building and equipping grassroots disability movements with tools to effectively monitor implementation of SDGs from the disability perspective at the national level.
For more details visit www.dpiworldassembly2016.com.