G3ict – the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies – is an advocacy initiative launched in December 2006 by the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, in cooperation with the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at UN DESA.


In our digital world, solutions shall be made available for human beings of all abilities and ages to equally benefit from information and communication technologies to learn, work, communicate, acquire information, socialize, transact, be safe and healthy and fully participate in public life as citizens. Realizing this vision means mainstreaming accessibility in all digital products, contents, environments and services – websites, e-books, television, mobile phones, electronic kiosks, smart cities – while leveraging innovation in assistive technologies and supporting end-users. For one billion persons who live with a disability worldwide, two third of which with severe disabilities, realizing this promise is essential to fully enjoy their rights.


Promoting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Digital Age


G3ict’s objectives and global outreach are aligned with the dispositions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on the accessibility of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Assistive Technologies. G3ict’s objectives are to:

  • Promote awareness of the ICT accessibility dispositions of the CRPD and of effective public policies, private sector initiatives, and accessibility standards;
  • Support advocates and policy makers with capacity building programs, policy development tools and benchmarking;
  • Facilitate and share good practices and innovation in accessible and assistive technologies;
  • Foster harmonization and standardization to achieve lower costs and interoperability on a global scale by promoting the work of W3C, ISO, ETSI, ANSI, DAISY/EPUB3, ITU, Public Procurement standards – Section 508, EN 301-549 – and other leading Standards Development Organizations;
  • Define and promote the accessibility profession through networking, education and certification in order to enable and mainstream the creation of accessible products, content and services.

Learn more about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and how it defines and promotes the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Digital Age. Explore the work of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention by the States Parties. The Committee meets at the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva.

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