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GAATES’ Participation at COSP9 – UN HQ – June 14-16, 2016

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is pleased to announce that our President Mukhtar AlShibani will be speaking at several side events during the 9th Conference of States Parties (COSP9) on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, June 14 – 16, 2016.

Tuesday 14 June 2016

Time: 1.15 – 2.30 p.m.
Conf. Room:  7
Title: DESA/DSPD Forum: Ways Forward Towards a Disability Inclusive and Accessible New Urban Agenda and its implementation
Organizer(s): DESA/DSPD
Co-sponsor(s): SG’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, PM’s of Ecuador, UAE, Germany,  Kazakhstan,  GAATES, Rehabilitation International, Nippon Foundation and Essl Foundation
Details: The main aims of the DESA/DSPD Forum: Towards an Disability Inclusive and Accessible New Urban Agenda are to promote the world´s urban development to be inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities as well as to contribute to the emerging “New Urban Agenda”.  The Forum will be open to all delegations with the attendance by experts and representatives of governments, UN agencies, local authorities, the private sector, civil society, academia, working in the field of disability-inclusion and accessible urban development.
Contact information: Eric ZHANG (

Thursday 16 June 2016

Time: 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
Conf. Room:  4
Title: Roundtable 3: Enhancing accessibility to information and technology and inclusive development

This Roundtable aims to address key issues, challenges and share experience  in enhancing accessibility to information, technologies especially assistive technologies as they have huge impact on and potential of advancing development to be inclusive of persons with disabilities.

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