[CEUD-ICT] G3ICT release Global Charter on public procurement of accessible ICT

Gerry Ellis gerry.ellis at feelthebenefit.com
Thu Dec 3 21:58:42 GMT 2015


Hi, 

Today, UN international disability day, G3ICT published the following press
release. The online version is at:
http://g3ict.org/press/press_releases/press_release/p/id_92


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Francesca Cesa Bianchi
Email: fcesabianchi at g3ict.org
 
NEW G3ICT GLOBAL CHARTER RELEASED ON THE OCCASION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY
OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES 2015 CALLS FOR GOVERNMENTS AROUND THE WORLD TO
PURCHASE ONLY ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGY
The charter points out that despite the known economic, innovation, and
human rights benefits of such procurement policies, G3ict analysis shows
that to date only 33 percent of States Parties to the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities have enacted them.   
MEXICO CITY (December 3, 2015) - The Global Initiative for Inclusive
Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) - a digital inclusion and
human rights advocacy organization launched in 2006 at the initiative of the
United Nations - announced today a global charter calling on governments
worldwide to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities by demanding
only accessible technology from their suppliers. G3ict recognized the
International Day of Persons with Disabilities by launching this charter
with an international group of accessibility leaders, including the
Australian Communications Consumer Action network (ACCAN), the Mexican
National Council for the Development and Inclusion of Persons with
Disabilities (CONADIS), the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB),
the Turkish Confederation of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities, and
several other leading accessibility organizations and experts from around
the world.

"Governments at all levels, local, regional, national, and international,
can use their substantial purchasing power to influence how the technology
industry designs its products and services," said James Thurston, Vice
President for Strategy and Development at G3ict. "With this charter, we
recognize that governments worldwide are among the largest customers for
technology and we urge them to use that power to require increasingly
accessible ICT products that support greater digital inclusion of persons
with disabilities. We are proud to be launching this global charter with
partners from government, civil society, academia, and industry. We invite
others to join this movement toward even more accessible technology."

The G3ict Global Procurement Charter calls on governments at all levels and
around the world to promote the digital inclusion of persons with
disabilities and older persons by adopting ICT public procurement policies
that include requirements for accessibility. The charter points out that
despite the known economic, innovation, and human rights benefits of such
procurement policies, G3ict analysis shows that to date only 33 percent of
States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities (CRPD) have enacted them. The charter also points out that
today, there are tools, standards and training to support the successful
implementation of effective accessible ICT public procurement policies.

"ACCAN welcomes the release of the Global Charter and congratulates G3ict
for leading this initiative," said Teresa Corbin, CEO of the Australian
Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN). "In Australia, we have seen
the adoption of accessibility as a desirable requirement of products and
services for government tenders. We look forward to this becoming an
Australian and an international standard."

Jesus Toledano Landero, Director General of the Mexican National Council for
the Development and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (CONADIS), added,
"Requirements for the public procurement of accessible technology can create
many benefits, for persons with disabilities, for society, and for the
economy. Accessible technology is key to programs to promote inclusion."

Steve Tyler, RNIB's Head of Solutions Strategy and Accessibility, affirmed
that "In today's climate, it is no longer acceptable that in particular,
technology-based products and services are inaccessible. We welcome and
wholeheartedly support the leadership of G3ict in moving the dial on this
issue. It is more the case now than ever before that technical platforms
host a range of accessibility support infrastructure, tools and guidance
that are capable of delivering genuinely inclusive services to all."

The President of the Turkish Confederation of Organizations of Persons with
Disabilities, Turhan ?çli announced that "Not only do we support this
important Charter led by G3ict but today, on the International Day of
Persons with Disabilities, we announce a campaign to promote the Charter and
public procurement here in Turkey."

This new charter is part of an ongoing G3ict initiative to promote the use
of public procurement to advance the human rights of persons with
disabilities. It builds on a core G3ict principle that government, civil
society and industry can take action collaboratively to drive the
expeditious creation of policies and standards that support the digital
inclusion of persons with disabilities in education, the workplace, and
society generally. Civil society, including organizations representing
persons with disabilities, must play an important role in all global efforts
to promote the widespread adoption of inclusive ICT procurement policies and
the technical standards that support them.
 
The text of the Global Charter can be viewed on theG3ict website
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?G3ictTheGlobalInitia/6c2dbd521e/7a070bff2b/e582809a
50> .
 
About G3ict 
G3ict,  the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication
Technologies - is an advocacy initiative launched in December 2006 in
cooperation with the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities at UN DESA. Its mission is to facilitate and support the
implementation of the dispositions of the Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities on the accessibility of Information Communication
Technologies (ICTs) and assistive technologies. For more information, visit
us at G3ict.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.



Take care,

Gerry Ellis

If you don't know where you're going,
How will you know when you get there?

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