From Awareness to Implementation

Americas, DIAUD Network, Events, May 17 2018

Photo of DIsability advocates and Allies at the World Urban Forum holding a sign that says Cities for All

DIAUD at World Urban Forum 9

INTERNATIONAL: As we head towards the halfway mark of an already dynamic year, we recognize the third Thursday of May as Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). Universal accessibility in digital development and services is essential towards the realization of the current Human Rights and Global Development Agenda, as cities increasingly integrate digital infrastructure into their services such as employment, education and cultural life. In response to this exponential growth and investments in digital cities, we must bridge the digital divide to ensure equitable access of all persons, particularly for and estimated 1 billion persons around the world who live with a disability and experience daily barriers towards their full and effective participation in society.

In the coming weeks and months GAATES will be engaged in further outreach and collaborative projects that will unify and progressively realize the frameworks within the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the New Urban Agenda and the targets within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our next engagement will be during the  the 11th Session of the Conference of States Parties (CoSP) to the UNCRPD from June 12th until the 14th . During the CoSP we will be hosting and engaging in a discussion focused on the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence on Universal Accessibility and Inclusion of all persons, particularly persons with disabilities. The event will take place on the 12th, starting at 12:30p, and is in partnership with the Permanent Mission of the UAE, UN HABITAT, CBM and World Enabled. Additionally, the panelist will include representatives of Microsoft, the World Bank, IBM, UAE Ministry of Artificial Intelligence, and the Canadian delegation among others.

Photo of 2017 GAATES CoSP CoSponsored event on Smart Cities for All which includes Commissioner Victor Calise of the City of New York, Her Excellency Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, Dr Victor Pineda of GAATES and World Enabled, and James Thurston of G3ict.

Photo of 2017 GAATES CoSP CoSponsored event on Smart Cities for All which includes Commissioner Victor Calise of the City of New York, Her Excellency Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, Dr Victor Pineda of GAATES and World Enabled, and James Thurston of G3ict.

Following the CoSP GAATES, along with our partners of the Disability Inclusive and Accessible Network (DIAUD), will be actively present at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) and the UK DFID Global Disability Summit. Our current preparation towards the HLPF, includes a collaborative side event around SDG 11 with leading  organizations such as International Disability Alliance, Humanity and Inclusion, CBM and the European Disability Forum, as well as active engagements with the Global Platform on the Right to the City (GPR2C). In addition to the side events and engagements,  we are currently in discussion with the GPR2C to around the launch of a Global Compact on Accessible and Inclusive Cities during the HLPF. The Compact will provide a guiding framework and commitment to work with Governments at all levels, to mainstream accessibility as a core component of initiatives on and indicators within the SDGs. In addition to the HLPF, GAATES is engaged in the DFID Innovation and Technology working stream that is currently preparing the engagements around the Disability Summit in July. We plan to advocate strongly that Digital Accessibility form a core aspect around the commitments and engagements that are expected to result from the Summit.

Hope to see you soon! Let’s continue collaboratively advocating for Accessibility and Universal Design, towards a truly inclusive and barrier-free 2030 Agenda for all!

If you or your organization plan to be present at the CoSP, HLPF or DFID Global Disability Summit, and are interested to engage in our events or plan a collaborative effort during or following either events, please feel free to contact Federico Batista Poitier at federico.poitier@gaates.org

Photo of the 2018 HLPF announcement showing the dates from July 9-18.

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