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05/21/2013

G3ict Supports HLMDD 2013: Disability Inclusive Development Agenda Enabled through ICTs


On 23 September 2013 the UN General Assembly will hold in New York (USA) a high-level meeting to agree on a global roadmap to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all development efforts. The meeting will have the overarching theme, “The way forward: a disability inclusive development agenda.” 
 
To contribute to the outcome of the meeting, ITU, G3ICT, IDA, Telecentre.org, the Broadband Commission, and Microsoft, are organizing a global consultation to capture the recommendations from all stakeholders on the contribution that Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), such as mobile phones, TV and radio services or the Internet can make to achieve the autonomous participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society. Be part of this initiative and contribute to reaching an inclusive development agenda with ICTs!
 
ITU logo      Microsoft logo   G3ict logo  International Disability Alliance logoTelecentre.org logo     Broadband Commission     UNESCO logo
Why Disabilities Matter?
Disability is a global issue. According to WHO and the World Bank, 1.1 billion people live with some kind of disability. When adding family and friends who provide them with daily support, disability directly affects 1.9 billion people. It is impossible to exclude such a significant proportion of the world population from development efforts. 

Social inclusion is not an option. Societies cannot strive if they don’t develop in a cohesive manner and if part of their members keep being ignored and discriminated against because of their disabilities. The cost of excluding PwDs is very high. Companies and governments seeking to maximize their stakeholders value have to consider that the PwD market represent over $9 trillion in annual disposable income globally.
 
A Human Rights Issue
Achieving the social inclusion of persons with disabilities should not be an act of charity. It is a human rights issue, as persons with disabilities have the same rights as any other persons. 
 
The UN Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), adopted on December 13, 2006, reaffirms that all persons with all types of disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. The CRPD takes to a new height the movement from viewing persons with disabilities as "subjects" with rights, who are capable of making decisions for their lives based on their free and informed consent as well as being active members of society.
ICTs are Enablers of Social Inclusion
Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), such as mobile phones, radio, TV or the Internet, play a key role to enable the social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Through the world hundres of millions of persons with disabilities are already using ICT-enabled solutions to access information, be integrated into the job market  and enjoy better access to basic public services, such as health, education and governmental services.

Why this Consultation?
Looking to the future, the goal of the global community should be to expand these benefits to all persons with disabilities.
 
Looking to the future, the goal of the global community should be to expand the benefits of ICTs to all persons with disabilities. Why aren't best practices available to all? What challenges are limiting the uptake of ICT solutions to enable an inclusive society for all? What recommendations should be brought to the consideration of the 2013 High Level Meeting on Disabilities and Development?

The goal of this consultation is to gather the views of the ICT sector and produce a series of recommendations for consideration at the HLMDD 2013. Be part of it!
 
The consultation will be open from 20 May 2013 to 10 June 2013. If you have any trouble filling the questionnare contact us at accessibility@itu.int and we will provide you with an accessible version of the questionnaire. 

Participate in the Survey!

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Related Resources

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 2013 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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