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About the Event  

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) jointly with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and in partnerships with the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict), the National Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NTC), the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE), Australian Government, and National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) Thailand are organising the "Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Mainstreaming ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities" to be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 25 to 27 August 2009. The Forum is hosted by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) Thailand, Government of Kingdom of Thailand.

With 139 countries having signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ("CRPD"), and 51 having ratified it as of October 2008, legislative and regulatory activities related to the implementation of its digital accessibility agenda will be a priority among ITU Member States. Yet, few references and guidelines are available for country regulatorys and legislators to implement such measures or foster national programmes supporting the digital accessibility agenda of the CRPD.

In order to address this challenge, G3ict and ITU organised a joint global forum on 21 April 2008 on Digital Accessibility standards in relation to the CRPD. At this occasion, ITU-D and G3ict launched a "Toolkit for Policy Makers", an online tool designed to provide practical references and case studies to support implementation of the digital accessibility agenda of the CRPD at country level. G3ict also released Version 1 of its self-evaluation methodology and is currently collecting country data for is benchmarking programme, the "Digital Accessibility Index" in cooperation with Disabled People's International and the support of the law firm Powers, Pyle, Sutter and Veryille.

The upcoming Asia-Pacific Regional Forum aims to:

  • Bring together policy makers, regulators, operators, industry, NGOs and international organisations involved with persons with disabilities, as well as experts and ICT professionals including disabled persons from across the region and beyond;
  • Discuss the global online "Toolkit for Policy Makers" that will support stakeholders in developing policies and strategies to address ICT accessibility and service needs from persons with disabilities to meet the dispositions of the CRPD;
  • Ensure proper publicity and generate momentum in support of the implementation of the Digital Accessibility Agenda of the CRPD focusing on practical implementation at country level; and,
  • Exchange country experiences and case studies among participants as well as learn about innovations of accessibility and assistive technologies and applications.

To register for the Forum, participants are kindly requested to complete the Registration form and send it to Mr. Wisit Atipayakoon ( ) by 24 July 2009 at the latest. Fellowships are available for eligible countries with a priority given to Least Developed Countries and Low-Income Developing Countries respectively. The deadline for fellowship request is 24 July 2009.

For more information about ITU-BDT Special Initiative on Persons with Disabilities, please visit

A Press Conference will be held in Thai/English at 10:00am on Tuesday 25 August 2009 in Theatre Room, United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok.
10:00 - 10:05 MC welcome media and introduce speakers
10:05 - 10:15 Welcome address
by Dr. Eun-Ju Kim, Head, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
10:15 - 10:25 "MICT's activities for Persons with Disabilities in Thailand"
by Mr. Nimit Damrongrat, Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology
10:25 - 10:35 "World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) and Thailand's legal perspective for Persons with Disabilities"
by Mr. Monthian Buntan, Senator, Government of Kingdom of Thailand
10:35 - 10:45 "Disability, Accessibility and iCT under the CRPD"
by Mr. Axel Leblois, Executive Director, Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict)
10:45 - 10:55 "Universal Service Obligation for Persons with Disabilities in Thailand"
by Professor Prasit Prapinmongkolkarn, Commissioner, National Telecommunication Commission, Thailand
10:55 - 11:05 "ICTs for Persons with Disabilities in Thailand"
by Professor Dr. Pairash Thajchayapong, Senior Advisor, NSTDA, Thailand
11:05 - 11:20 Q&A

    To register for the press conference and Forum, journalists should visit the Forum registration desk at the UNCC.

    For Media Advisory, click HERE
    or Contact:

    Mr. Wisit Atipayakoon
    ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
    Tel: +66 2 574 8565
    Fax: +66 2 574 9328

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Documentation, Programme and Presentations  
At a Glance  
Dates: 25-27 August 2009

Registration Deadline:
 24 July 2009

Fellowship Request Deadline:  24 July 2009

Bangkok, Thailand

Hosted by:
MICT Thailand

Supported by:



Inquiries about the Forum, please contact:
Mr. Wisit Atipayakoon, Regional office for Asia and the Pacific, BDT/ITU.

For administrative and logistics matters, please contact: Ms. Tanitta Virayavanich, Regional office for Asia and the Pacific, BDT/ITU.

Target Audience:

  • Member Administrations
  • Sector Members
  • Operators
  • Policy makers and regulators
  • NGOs
  • Industry and international organisations
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