The UN hosts conferences, forums, and summits to gather experts, academia, member states, and other civil societies to collaborate, share ideas, and inform continued dialogue and legislation focusing on current global problems. The UN faces complex issues across the globe that requires cross-disciplinary collaboration to effectively inform attitudinal, economic, and legislative change across societies.
IDPP supports cross-disciplinary collaboration by facilitating accessible global governance processes for persons with disabilities. IDPP focuses the use of accessible information communication technologies to include persons with disabilities through governance processes. Participating in WSIS and IGF, IDPP promotes the inclusion of accessible ICTs that enables persons with disabilities to fully participate in governing processes. IDPP supports the Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR) network to fully prepare for the Global Platform through virtual meetings and remote participation at the conference. Finally, IDPP’s effort supporting accessible and cross-disciplinary participation at Habitat III in Quito led to 15 specific references to persons with disabilities, including a standalone paragraph, in the New Urban Agenda.
Networks are effective means for governments and civil societies facing interconnected issues. IDPP will continue to support such networks to promote and inform the inclusion of persons with disabilities in global governance processes.