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Policy Development

While the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) mandates desired accessibility outcomes, it does not prescribe specific digital accessibility solutions or references. G3ict facilitates and supports the implementation of the dispositions of the CRPD on the accessibility of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) and assistive technologies through ICT procurement policies, accessibility standards, and technical resources developed in close collaboration with experts in the field.

Under Policy Development, G3ict provides the following resources:

Global Programs

Smart Cities for All Portal

G3ict and World Enabled’s Smart Cities for All global initiative works to define the state of ICT accessibility in Smart Cities worldwide. The focus of this initiative is to eliminate the digital divide for persons with disabilities and older persons in Smart Cities around the world. Through partnerships with leading organizations and companies, we are creating tools and strategies needed to build more inclusive Smart Cities.

Smart Cities for All Toolkits: G3ict’s Smart City Digital Inclusion Maturity Model© tool helps cities worldwide assess and benchmark their level of digital inclusion and ICT accessibility. Smart Cities for All has also developed and is now piloting a new Smart University Digital Inclusion Maturity Model© with the support and strategic partnership of Microsoft and global experts.

For the latest updates, follow Smart Cities for All on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. View upcoming Smart Cities for All events. Subscribe to the monthly Smart Cities for All at a Glance Newsletter.

As part of the redeployment of Global Alliance for Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) activities under G3ict and its Smart Cities for All initiative, a global network of expert country representatives collaborate with local and national governments, civil society, and private sector stakeholders to make societies and communities more inclusive in the context of the UN SDGs (#11), the UN Habitat III New Urban Agenda, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The G3ict Smart Cities for All Country Representatives also bring to their countries the global work of G3ict and Smart Cities for All and a broad understanding of accessibility and universal design for technology, transportation, and built environments.

G3ict also manages the Global Accessibility News, an e-news service portal for latest in accessibility in the built environment, universal design, assistive technology, accessible tourism and transportation. Subscribe to the monthly G3ict Global Accessibility Newsletter.

Accessible ICT Procurement Portal

G3ict believes that governments at all levels and around the world can promote the digital inclusion of persons with disabilities and older persons by adopting effective policies for the public procurement of accessible ICT and an international accessibility standard to support them. In order to support governments to use their purchasing power to support the innovation of accessible technology and the creation of more robust accessible technology markets in every country, the accessible public procurement portal provides tools and strategies and other resources.

G3ict partners with leading organizations around the world, including the European Disability Forum (EDF), Microsoft, and the International Disability Alliance (IDA), to promote the greater and more effective use of procurement to promote digital inclusion. In 2021, it led the development of the Accessible ICT Public Procurement Policy for city procurers and vendors. The policy wording has been adapted from the G3ict and ITU Model ICT Accessibility Policywhich was originally intended for national governments. The policy wording has been adapted for use by cities.

Learn more about the Accessible ICT Procurement Portal. Download our Discussion Guide for Engaging ICT Vendors.

Access to Justice

Learn more about how technology can help increase access to justice for persons with disabilities worldwide. Download the G3ict paper submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Advisory Support to Governments

G3ict has been able to provide resources or direct policy making assistance to governments around the world. G3ict cooperates with regional and national governments such as the Government of Brazil, Egypt, India, Japan, Mexico. For example, G3ict worked together with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Arab Republic of Egypt and UNESCO to develop a model policy for ICT accessibility in education, that would also serve as a model of implementation for other countries.

Model Policies

G3ict, in collaboration with the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) Special Initiatives Division, has prepared a set of Model Policies on ICT accessibility that covers the web to mobile to television. These model policies have been designed as a tool for national policy-makers and regulators to create their own ICT accessibility policy frameworks and prioritize implementation.

Learn more on the G3ict Model ICT Policies.