This page gives links to some of the programmes, content and outputs resulting from workshops and events that we have convened, mainly focused on turning rhetoric into reality with respect to the empowerment of people with disabilities through ICTs in different parts of the world.

WSIS 2019, Geneva

Accessibillity 1The UNESCO Chair in ICT4D and the Inter-Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) were delighted to have convened and hosted the first session on Accessibility Day (8th April 2019) at the tenth anniversary WSIS Annual Forum held in Geneva.  The theme was “Digital technologies and accessibility: from rhetoric to reality”, and the session began with three short opening presentations:

Building on these  presentations, participants then turned their attention to discussing what still needs to be done to turn rhetoric into reality with respect to the empowerment of people with disabilities through ICTs.  This was captured in a  mind map that highlighted ten key areas where further action is required.

Bangkok 2018, UN ESCAP and INIT

c3b9b34c-aa2d-44ad-87a7-6991e82c0f56This expert meeting was convened by UN ESCAP and INIT (The Inter-Islamic Network on IT) on 30th August 2018 on the margins of the ESCAP Regional Consultation on Inclusive Technology and Innovation Policies (28-29 August) which was held in the run-up to the ESCAP Committee on Information and Communications Technology and Science, Technology and Innovation, Second Session (29-31 August) in Bangkok.  It provided a forum for participants to discuss the main impediments preventing persons with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific from being empowered through technologies, and to identify priority policy actions to overcome these.  It included a small number of short presentations, but most of the time was spend by participants in co-creating mind-maps around three key questions.

Main outputs co-created by participants


Antigua 2015

WorkshopIn February 2015, the CTO and the Antiguan government’s HEART initiative convened a workshop, with the support of the ITU and other agencies, for organisations from across the Caribbean to explore what needs to be done to convert the rhetoric about the use of ICTs by people with disabilities into reality.


Outputs co-created by participants