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06/30/2014

Russian Translation of CRPD 2013 ICT Accessibility Progress Report Presented by UNIC Moscow at the Regional Scientific Library


On June 19, 2014, the UNIC Moscow, jointly with the Government of Tver Region, held at the Regional Scientific Library in the City of Tver a presentation of the Russian translation of the G3ict survey “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: 2013 ICT Accessibility Progress Report”.

UNIC Moscow presentation

Image: Participants of the round table are viewing a presentation of the Russian translation of the G3ict Report, delivering by Alexandre Gorelik, Director of the UNIC Moscow. (Photo credit: UNIC Moscow, June19, 2014).

Presentation of the Russian version of the document by Alexandre Gorelik, Director of UNIC Moscow, was conceived to be a thematic "core" of the event. In his remarks, the Director stressed that CRPD is the first ever international treaty providing a human rights-based approach to the subject, which requires States parties to pay particular attention to monitoring mechanisms. The survey offers relevant information on 76 countries, which have ratified the Convention and account for 72 percent of the world's population. The report comes up with a set of recommendations to states, as well as to organizations of persons with disabilities, national, regional and international development agencies.

The UNIC Director’s comments was followed by an expert dialogue, with substantive comments contributed by Rashid Aluash, Programme Officer from the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Moscow; Dmitry Satin, Advisor to the Minister of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation; Daniel Novichkov, Internet Projects Head of the Open Government Project Center; Anatoly Popko, Development Director of "Elite Group" company; Denis Kuleshov, Head of Laboratory for Training and Research of Methodological Center for Professional Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities, Bauman Moscow State Technical University. The survey’s launch was attended by over 100 persons, including social workers, representatives of educational and cultural institutions, members of the business community, activists from NGOs of the disabled people of Tver region.

The discussion revolved around the workable solutions and best practices – globally and locally. Regarding the situation of persons with disabilities in the Tver Region, the hosts noted that the essence of local authorities’ policies aimed at promoting the rights of the disabled is collaboration with non-governmental associations. There is a Coordination Council for Social Security of Persons with Disabilities which successfully operates under the regional government. More and more institutions across the province have been recently opening their doors to people with special needs. The provision of services have visibly improved there of late, which gives people with disabilities wider opportunities to attend social and cultural events and to use public transportation. Information supply and access to ICTs for persons with disabilities is being expanded through social partnership practices. The Tver region’s inclusion into a pilot project of the state programme “Accessible Environment” for 2011-2015 has become a tangible outcome of the authorities’ positive disposition towards disability NGOs.

Knowledgeable speakers, availability of first-hand expertise in the audience – these factors combined to make the launch a highly substantive event.

The Russian translation of the 2013 ICT Accessibility Progress Report is now available at the site of UNIC Moscow: http://www.unic.ru/sites/default/files/G3ict-UNIC_RUS_CRPD_Report_2014.pdf.

Presenters at the event

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Image: Mr. Anatoly Popko, leading expert of All-Russian Association of the Blind (left), is addressing the audience. Pictured left to right: Mr. Anatoly Popko; Mr. Rashid Aluash, Programme Officer of OHCHR ; Mr. Alexandre Gorelik, Director of UNIC Moscow; Ms. Svetlana Verzhbitskaya, Deputy Head of Government of Tver Region; Ms. Elena Shchekina, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation; Mr. Dmitri Satin, Advisor to the Minister of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation; Denis Kuleshov, Head of the Laboratory of Methodological Center for Professional Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities, Bauman Moscow State Technical University. (Photo credit: UNIC Moscow, June 19, 2014).

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