[AI] ITU/G3ict Forum, was: UNCRPD to be International Law in 30 days

Per Reisender at online.de
Mon Apr 7 08:00:11 EDT 2008


Hi. The following could also be interesting for some of you:

ITU/G3ict Global Forum with speakers from Google and Nokia

*From the G3ict invitation:*
On Monday, April 21st, G3ict co-organizes with the International 
Telecommunication Union (ITU) a joint 2008 Global Forum to review areas of 
challenges and
opportunities for international ICT accessibility standards in light of the 
dispositions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Since March 30, 2007, 126 United Nations member states have signed the 
Convention: this unexpected fast rate of adoption makes it urgent to promote 
ICT
accessibility standards that will support a better and faster implementation 
around the world of the many dispositions of the Convention regarding ICTs.

For the first time since the Convention was adopted, an international group 
of experts from industry, standards development organizations, NGOs 
representing
persons with disabilities, international development institutions, 
governments and academia will examine together its many implications for ICT 
accessibility
standards. Proceedings will be edited to serve as a reference for future 
accessibility standards developments.
**End of invitation**

The blind Google research scientist T.V. Raman will speak about open source 
opportunities for accessibility and assestive functionalities regarding 
Android. Another speaker will be David Dzumba, the Senior manager of Nokia's 
accessibility department.

After information is available, I will report about the meetings outcome at:
http://blind.wikia.com/wiki/Open_Letter_Initiative

Best regards, Per

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pradeep banakar" <pradeepsocialwork at gmail.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Saturday, April 05, 2008 12:53 PM
Subject: [AI] UNCRPD to be International Law in 30 days


> Hi Everyone,
> I have some very good news for everyone involved in propagating the UN 
> Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
> You will be pleased to note two dates (3rd April and 3rd May) in this year 
> have become historic, 3rd April 2008 has become very important because on 
> this
> day, 20th country- Ecuador, ratified the UNCRPD, clearing the way for it 
> becoming the "International Law".
> Now, 3rd May 2008, will become a memorable day in the human history as the 
> Convention will enter into force and within six months, the Secretary 
> General
> will convene the first meeting of the Convention to elect first 12 members 
> of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
> Here are the 20 Countries, which ratified:
> Bangladesh - 30 November 2007 Croatia - 15 August 2007 Cuba - 6 September 
> 2007 Ecuador - 3 April 2008 El Salvador - 14 December 2007 Gabon - 1 
> October 2007
> Guinea - 8 February 2008 Hungary - 20 July 2007 India - 1 October 2007 
> Jamaica - 30 March 2007 Jordan - 31 March 2008 Mexico - 17 December 2007 
> Namibia
> - 4 December 2007 Nicaragua - 7 December 2007 Panama - 7 August 2007 
> Peru - 30 January 2008 San Marino - 22 February 2008 South Africa - 30 
> November 2007
> Spain - 3 December 2007 Tunisia - 2 April 2008
> (Do visit-
> http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=18&pid=257)
> Please share this with all your friends/ colleagues. Hope this will bring 
> about the intended "paradigm shift" in attitude and thinking in the 
> society at
> large.
> With best wishes!
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