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Tuesday, September 2 • 9:00am - 10:30am
WS89: Multi-Stakeholder Engagement: Imperative for Accessibility

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Persons with disabilities and older persons represent an average of 15% of any country's population. Most IGF members involved in promoting Internet usage in their respective countries face challenges of low levels of Internet adoption amongst these groups.  The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the first Human Rights Treaty of this millennium. A majority of countries participating in IGF have also ratified the CRPD which compels governments to implement policies that promote accessibility and encourage usage of the Internet amongst persons with disabilities.

Global surveys have demonstrated that a critical success factor for implementation is the multi-stakeholder participation in policy making.  Based on those findings and the mandates of the CRPD, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict) have just released model policies for ICT accessibility that place strong emphasis and suggest specific processes to developing policies based upon multi-stakeholder engagement.

The joint G3ict/DCAD workshop will be reporting on good practices and global data on multi-stakeholder engagement which demonstrate how such engagement can lead to better planning, implementation and results. The workshop will also discuss how multi-stakeholder engagement can be equally effective at both the international and national level, based upon the experiences of international agencies and standard development organizations such as ITU, G3ict, W3C, WIPO and UNESCO.   


Andrea Saks

Chairman of the ITU JCA-AHF
Chairman of the ITU JCA-AHF, Coordinator of the IGF DCAD, Permanent G3ict Representative to the ITU and other organizations dealing with access for Persons with Disabilities. Ms Andrea Saks is a known advocate for ICTs for persons with disabilities. She grew in a family of two deaf... Read More →


Özgür Fatih Akpinar

Özgür Fatih Akpınar studied Labour Economics and Industrial Relationship at Ankara University and graduated in 2000. He holds a Master of Law degree from University of Essex (2008) and a Master of Science degree from Middle East Technical University (2009). Mr. Akpınar has been... Read More →

Francesca Cesa Bianchi

Vice President, Institutional Relations
  Francesca Cesa Bianchi has worked for G3ict since its inception.  She has an in-depth experience of digital inclusion issues for persons with disabilities, the CRPD, and is a frequent speaker for G3ict internationally.  She oversees G3ict’s relations with international organizations... Read More →

Emin Demirci

Vice-President, Confederation of the Disabled in Turkey
Board Member, EBU (European Blind Union) Born in 1957 in Konya, Turkey; blind from childhood onwards; boarding school experience at the Gaziantep School for the Blind for primary and secondary education; integrated education at Beyşehir High School in Konya; B.A. in Sociology at... Read More →

Gerry Ellis

I am blind and an Accessibility and Usability consultant under the name Feel The BenefIT. I have worked for over 30 years as a Software Engineer with a bank in Dublin. I am a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society, which is the primary Irish organisation “serving ICT professionals... Read More →

Nasser Kettani

Nasser Kettani is graduated from French Orsay University, in Computer Engineering and Cognitive Science. He has over than 25 years of experience in the IT and software industry working for leading IT companies including Rational Software, IBM and Microsoft. He spent most of his career... Read More →

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Peter Major

Chair, UN CSTD; Special advisor to the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN in Geneva, UN Commission on Science and Technology for Developmeny
Peter was working at the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for 23 years. He was the focal point of the BR for internet governance and cyber security. He is co-coordinator of the Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD... Read More →

Tuesday September 2, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am EEST
Workshop Room 01 (Rumeli Ground Floor / Room B1)

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