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Smart Cities for All at a Glance

July 2021 | Issue 7
G3ict - the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs and its initiative, Smart Cities for All (SC4A), continue to be active with cities and partners around the world. Explore our monthly 'Smart Cities for All at a Glance' newsletter and visit our website for more information. 

Project Update

Strategies, tools, and partnerships for more inclusive cities worldwide.
G3ict’s Smart Cities for All Country Representative Program Appoints 13 New Experts
On June 24, G3ict
announced the appointment of 13 new experts as part of its global Country Representative program. With this announcement, the program has expanded to 34 countries across all five world regions - Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, East Asia and Pacific and Northern America. The new Country Representatives include Josefina Ocampo (Argentina), Marguerite Amour Awoulbe Manga (Cameroon), Stan Leyenhorst (Canada), Gustavo Hincapie Corrales (Colombia), Ahmed Abdelhady (Egypt), Jose Martinez-Usero (EU Institutions), Eoin O'Herlihy (Ireland), Severin Gragba (Cote D’Ivoire), Paul Mwenda (Kenya), Zainab AlMeraj (Kuwait), John Paul Cruz (Philippines), Diogo Martins (Portugal), and Delfín Jimenez (Spain).
Discussing Inclusive Workplace of the Future in Russia
On June 29, G3ict Senior Project Manager Yulia Sarviro led a virtual roundtable on ‘Inclusive Workplaces of the Future’ for participants in Russia and globally. The event brought together speakers representing international organizations, international and Russian businesses, universities, and non-profits to discuss the main aspects of the workplace of the future and emerging trends affecting accessibility and inclusion. Speakers from the World Bank, Disney, Microsoft, Philip Morris, Sberbank, Everland, Perspektiva, Babat Consulting, Cultural Center “Integration” examined requirements, characteristics, and components of the inclusive workplace of the future, explored challenging issues, highlighted current trends, and shared their insights on workplace transformation. As the first discussion in Russia as we emerge from the pandemic, it will serve as a launchpad for further, more in-depth discussions and eventually more inclusive and compelling workplaces in Russia for persons with all abilities and needs.  

Building Inclusive Smart Cities in Russia 
On June 30, G3ict in partnership with the Russian Regional Organization of Persons with Disability ‘Perspektiva’ held an NGO capacity building webinar on ‘Accessible Technologies in Smart Cities’. G3ict’s Senior Advisor Mohammed Ali Loutfy and Yulia Sarviro delivered presentations on the definitions of digital inclusion and ICT accessibility, legal instruments, international, regional and national, regulating digital inclusion rights of persons with disabilities, Digital Accessibility Rights Evaluation Index and Russia’s standing in it. A guest speaker, Alexander Danilin, Microsoft, introduced the audience to the concept of ‘smart cities’, its benefits for cities and real-world applications. G3ict Vice President James Thurston spoke about the Smart Cities for All initiative and tools that help cities to focus on accessibility and inclusion while deploying smart city solutions as well as the important role of NGOs in creating more inclusive cities.  

World Blindness Summit 2021 
G3ict’s Smart Cities for All global initiative participated in a webinar on ‘Accessibility and role of OPDs in Building Back Better for/with everyone in the Decade of Action’ on June 28. Panelists discussed inclusive and accessible urban development as well as the critical role of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) in defining and supporting more accessible and inclusive cities worldwide. Hannes Juhlin Lagrelius (World Blind Union) moderated the discussion which included remarks by Angela Mwai (UN-HABITAT), Risnawati Utami (OHANA, Indonesia), Federico Batista Poitier (United Cities and Local Governments - UCLG), Luis Artieda (World Enabled/Cities 4 All Network), Benjamin Dard (World Blind Union), and James Thurston (G3ict/Smart Cities for All). 
Find out more about the World Blindness Summit. 

AI for Inclusive Urban Sidewalks
The Global Initiative on Inclusive ICTs (G3ict) and the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) of the University of Washington recently convened more than 130 stakeholders representing city government, business, civil society, and academia from the cities of Los Angeles, Quito, Santiago, São Paulo, and Gran Valparaiso. On July 1, G3ict hosted the first working meeting of the AI for Inclusive Urban Sidewalks project that is sponsored by Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility Program. At the meeting, G3ict and partners introduced leaders and experts from all five cities to the project, explained the details of the OpenSidewalks solution and began to define expected benefits for participating cities. As a next step, G3ict, the five cities, and the University of Washington have already begun collecting multiple data sources describing the accessibility of sidewalks in each city and will soon start validating that data. For more information on this exciting project, please email  

G3ict Values Your Opinion! Take the survey & help shape the Digital Accessibility Rights Education Academy Webinar Series 
To honor and feature digital accessibility and inclusive ICT best practices and achievements of the DARE Index responding countries, the G3ict Global Advocacy Division will soon launch a webinar series through its newly-established Digital Accessibility Rights Education Academy. The DARE Academy Webinar Series aims to create an academic platform that would offer the opportunity of peer-to-peer training and knowledge sharing on issues of digital accessibility and inclusive ICT for policy makers, the private sector, and other stakeholders, particularly persons with disabilities and their organizations. G3ict invites interested persons to complete a short questionnaire to help gather input and ensure that the webinar series meets expectations and responds to interests regarding issues of digital inclusion.  

IAAP and Smart Cities 

Explore the latest by IAAP to help professionals around the world build inclusive smart cities.

The AODA Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces 
The Design of Public Spaces online course aims to provide design professionals with the knowledge and understanding they need to effectively apply the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces to their project work. The concepts and technical details of this standard can be applied to public spaces universally. There are no prerequisites to take this course and the course is free for IAAP Members. Learn more and enroll in the Design of Public Spaces Course

G3ict/SC4A Country Representatives Highlights

Learn more about the latest work and achievements of our Country Representatives.

Vashkar Bhattacharjee, Bangladesh 
Vashkar is currently working as the National Consultant for Accessibility in the a2i Program of Bangladesh Government. He recently co-authored a UNESCO Case Study on the impact of COVID-19 on disability-inclusive education in Bangladesh that sheds light on the country’s initiatives in disability-inclusive and Accessible Education. 

John Paul Cruz, Philippines 
John specializes in disability policy and has a decade of experience working with governments, civil society organizations, and organizations of persons with disabilities within and outside the Philippines to make public services, resources, and spaces accessible for people with disabilities and older persons. He has also been a member of a task force that developed a disability action plan to mainstream disability rights across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. 

Meet Our Other Country Representatives

Save the Date

Meet the SC4A team at these upcoming events and webinars.

IAAP OPD Webinar Series: Accessibility and Fire Safety Considerations 
July 15, 2021 

Join Steve Dering (Chief Operations Officer, Direct Access Consultancy Ltd.) for a webinar that provides an overview of fire safety regulations and how they compare with accessibility regulations in different countries. Steve Dering will also cover the findings of his 2018 Masters dissertation covering the perspectives of persons with disabilities in evacuation. Persons with built environment responsibilities are encouraged to attend. Find out more about the webinar on Accessibility and Fire Considerations

Important Resources

Access and explore the latest resources for smart cities.
[Video] Are we designing smart cities for All? Watch James Thurston at Smart City Experience 2020.
Download the G3ict Smart Cities for All Toolkit to measure inclusion in your city.
Learn more about the Accessible ICT Public Procurement Policy.
About Smart Cities for All: G3ict and the Smart Cities for All initiative work to define the state of ICT accessibility in Smart Cities worldwide. All content within this newsletter is the property of G3ict and Smart Cities for All, unless otherwise stated. No part of this newsletter may be reproduced, transmitted or copied in any form or by any means without the prior written consent of G3ict and Smart Cities for All. © 2021 Smart Cities for All. All Rights Reserved. Read Privacy Policy.

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