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Wednesday, December, 03, 2008
09:30 AM - 10:00 AM Welcome to Participants – Introduction into the objectives of meeting
  • Ms. Colleen Thouez, Head, UNITAR New York Office
  • Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Chair, G3ict - the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs
  • Mr. Sarbuland Khan, Executive Coordinator, Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID), UN Department for Social and Economic Affairs (DESA) Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, UN DESA
    Wednesday, December, 03, 2008
    10:00 AM - 10:25 AM Status of the Adoption of the Convention
    • Secretariat of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, UN DESA
      The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has been signed by over 130 countries since its opening for signatures on 31 March 2007, one of the fastest rates of adoption among recent international treaties developed in the context of the United Nations. The Secretariat for the Convention (UN DESA) will give an overview of its mission and activities and present an update on the signatures, ratifications and upcoming next steps to ensure its implementation and enforcement.
      Wednesday, December, 03, 2008
      10:25 AM - 10:45 AM The Digital Accessibility Agenda of the Convention
      • Mr. Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict
        One of the most innovative and far reaching dispositions of the Convention is the inclusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in its definition of accessibility, at par with the physical environment and transportation. As a result, all mandates of the Convention regarding accessibility cover ICT applications. G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs launched by the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development in December 2006 in support of the Convention, will review the practical implications for signatory states of those accessibility mandates.
        Wednesday, December, 03, 2008
        10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Panel discussion: Perspectives from Policy Makers, Civil Society

        Representatives from key stakeholders will discuss how ICT accessibility mandates can be best met, and the role that ICT vendors, users and policy makers can play in supporting its implementation. The panel will also review the opportunity to implement international ICT accessibility standards in support of the interoperability of assistive solutions, mass production and affordability, as mandated by the Convention.

        Moderator: tbc


        • Mr. John Vaughn, Chairman, National Council on Disability, Washington, D.C.
        • Ms. Charlotte Vuyiswa McClain-Nhlapo, World Bank
        • Ms. Judy Brewer, Director, Worldwide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative
        • Ms. Frances West, IBM Worldwide Human Ability and Accessibility Center
        • Dr. George Kerscher, Secretary-General, DAISY Consortium
          Wednesday, December, 03, 2008
          12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Tea / Coffee Break
            Wednesday, December, 03, 2008
            12:15 PM - 01:30 PM Next Steps and International Cooperation Programmes Available to Signatory

            A review of the programs and resources available to policy makers and civil society to monitor and implement the Digital Accessibility Agenda of the Convention will be presented.

            Moderator: Ambassador Luis Gallegos, G3ict


            • Handbook for Parliamentarians “From Exclusion to Equality”: Ambassador Anda Filip, Inter-Parliamentary Union
            • Toolkit for Policy Makers: Mr. Dónal Rice, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, NDA Ireland
            • Digital Accessibility and Inclusion Index and self–assessment tools for governments and civil society: Mr. John Kemp, Powers, Pyles, Sutter, Verville and Prof. Licia Sbattella, Politecnico di Milano
            • Forum on implementing the Digital Accessibility Agenda of the Convention for state parties to the Convention (as of October 2008, 41 states): Mr. Axel Leblois, G3ict
            • Q & A’s and Conclusions