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G3ict-DPI-ITU Side-Event at the Eighth Session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP8) to the CRPD

  • New York, NY, USA
  • June 10, 2015
  • Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Venue: Conference Room 6, UN Headquarters

The Role of Public Procurement in Promoting Accessibility

Organized by: G3ict – Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technologies

Co-sponsors: Disabled People’s International (DPI); International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Public procurement is an effective tool to promote accessibility and is a requirement for all States Parties implementing the CRPD. This roundtable session will review:

  • Requirements for States Parties and model policy for public procurement
  • Current procurement policies and standards
  • Benefits of harmonizing policies and standards


  • James Thurston, Vice President, Global Strategy and Development, G3ict
  • Javed Abidi, Chair, Disabled People’s International (DPI)
  • Inmaculada Placencia-Porrero, Deputy Head of Unit, Rights of Persons with Disabilities, DG Employment and Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
  • Frances West, Chief Accessibility Officer, IBM Corporation
  • Swathi T.P., Consultant to IBM India  
  • Jesus Toledano Landero, Director General, CONADIS Mexico
  • Giampiero Griffo, European Disability Forum
  • David Capozzi, Executive Director, U.S. Access Board
  • Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Project Manager, Accessibility, Adobe Systems
  • Alex Li, Strategic Standards Analyst, Microsoft
  • Wayne Hawkins, Disability Policy Advisor with the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)

For further information about COSP8 side events, please visit: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/COP/cosp8_side_events.docx.