A New Decade for the CRPD: Partnerships for Inclusive & Sustainable Development

Americas, Events, News, July 5 2018

Photo of the Articial Intelligence 2030 Event at the UN, with (starting left to right) Sentator Chantal Petitclerc of Canada, H.E Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh of th UAE, and Dr Victor Pineda. With sign language interpreter, and Ghasaq Yousif Shaheen of the UAE.

Photo of the Artificial Intelligence 2030 Event at the UN, with (starting left to right) Senator Chantal Petitclerc of Canada, H.E Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh of the UAE, and Dr Victor Pineda. With sign language interpreter, and Ghasaq Yousif Shaheen of the UAE.

NEW YORK, USA: From June 11th till the 14th, GAATES actively participated in the 11th Session of the Conference of States Parties (CoSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in New York City. The events at this year’s CoSP were universal and looking towards the future of the CRPD through key development frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.

Leading the discussion around digital inclusion and accessibility, GAATES organized and facilitated innovative event titled “Artificial Intelligence 2030: Transformative Inclusion for All”. The event was co organized with the Permanent Missions of the United Arab Emirates and Canada, as well as our partner World Enabled.

The event explored the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, inclusive design, sustainable development, and human rights towards collaborative actions needed to ensure that digital developments in cities leave no one behind.

The event was moderated by GAATES’ President Dr. Victor Pineda and included H.E. Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh of the UAE, Senator Chantal Petitclerc from Canada, H.E. Abdullah Lootah of the UAE, Dr. Shari Trewin from IBM, Dr. Megan Lawrence from Microsoft, and Commissioner Victor Calise from the Mayor’s office for People with Disabilities.

The outcomes from the discussion identified policy recommendations and launched the AI for ALL Task Force, that will explore collaborative action frameworks for implementing inclusive AI in education, employment, and international development.

Photo of GAATES Board Member Anjlee Agarwal smiling and sitting in Conference Room, representing Civil Society

Photo of GAATES Board Member Anjlee Agarwal smiling and sitting in Conference Room, representing Civil Society

GAATES also co-sponsored and spoke in three other side events on Inclusive Education, Healthy Cities, and Mentorship. In addition to these events GAATES’ Board Member Anjlee Agarwal moderated the official CoSP Roundtable discussion on inclusion of women and girls with disabilities.  She delivered a powerful statement which highlighted the importance of GAATES’ work on universal accessibility and the need for continued advocacy and implementation of universal design in all environments, ensuring that women and girls with disabilities in the Global South can fully exercise and realize their potential.

GAATES also held bilateral meetings on collaborative project engagements with Rehabilitation International, BMZ, the Ministry of Ecuador, and CBM amongst others. We look forward to developing the outcomes from these meetings during the coming months. We would like to give special thanks to our Board Members (Victor Pineda and Anjlee Agarwal) and Country Representatives (Janet Jimenez, Faten Al Yafi, and Muhammad Atif Sheikh) for their presence and collaboration during CoSP and their continued work on realization of Universal Design and the CRPD.

Our next engagement will be at the High Level Political Forum, where we will have a strong presence in collaboration with the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities, Humanity and Inclusion, UN Habitat and the Global Platform on the Right to the City.

See you in New York!

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For more information on the AI for All Task Force or our engagements at the HLPF, please contact federico.poitier@gaates.org

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