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05/28/2013

G3ict Chair Ambassador Luis Gallegos on Launch of Global Consultation for Best Practices in ICT Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities


In his role as Chairperson of the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ICT), Ambassador Luis Gallegos announces the launch of a global consultation to capture the best practices, experiences and recommendations on how the use of information and communication technologies can support the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society.
 
There are more than 1 billion people living with disabilities. But this figure doesn’t provide the full picture of how disabilities impact the lives of a much broader community because in reality, if we also take into consideration family and friends who provide persons with disabilities with daily support, almost 2 billion people are affected by disabilities.

It is just impossible to exclude such a significant proportion of the world’s population from development efforts and the opportunities provided by ICTs.

Worldwide consultation launched that aims at building an inclusive Information Society for all

Image: Little girl using sign language. In the background, is a white board with sign language alphabets

To address this important segment of the population, and to correct the fact that disabilities were not included as part of the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations General Assembly will hold on September 23, 2013 the High Level Meeting on Disability and Development. This meeting will gather Heads of State, International Organizations, NGO’s, civil society groups and accessibility experts among others, and will define the future roadmap to achieve a disability-inclusive agenda.

In this context, and in my role of chairperson of the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ICT), it is my pleasure to announce the launch of a global consultation to capture the best practices, experiences and recommendations on how the use of information and communication technologies can support the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society. The consultation is a joint initiative from the Broadband CommissionG3ICT, the International Disability AllianceITUMicrosoft, the Telecentre.org Foundation, and UNESCO.

This consultation is a unique opportunity for all relevant stakeholders working on inclusive ICTs to speak up and be heard by global policy makers at a time when the future development framework is being shaped. I invite you all to visit www.itu.int/accessibility and take part in the survey, which will be open until June 10, 2013.

Let’s work together to build an inclusive society for all through the use of Information and Communication Technologies.

Ambassador Luis Gallegos Chiriboga, Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the United Nations Office in Geneva. Ambassador Gallegos is a strong advocate of the rights of persons with disabilities, and is Chairperson of G3ICT.

This post first appears on ITU's official blog.

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Event: HLMDD 2013 - United Nations High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Disability and Development | New York, September 23, 2013 - View Event Details.  

Blog: Empowering Persons with Disabilities through Inclusive ICTs by Debra Ruh | Read the Article.
 
Publication: CRPD 2012 ICT Accessibility Progress Report | A Survey Conducted by G3ict in Collaboration with Disabled People's International | Download the Free Report (opens as webpage)

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• NEW DATA FROM THE 2013 CRPD ICT ACCESSIBILITY PROGRESS REPORT SHOWS URGENCY FOR THE UNITED NATIONS TO PROMOTE A DISABILITY INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

• United Nations Member States Adopt 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

• The Disability Inclusion Initiative Employment Sector (July 2009)

• UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Address

• HLMDD 2013: United Nations High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Disability and Development, New York, USA


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