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Smart Cities for All at a Glance

May 2020 | Issue 5
G3ict and its global initiative, Smart Cities for All, continue to be active with cities and partners around the world. Explore our monthly 'Smart Cities for All at a Glance' newsletter and
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Project Update

Strategies, tools and partnerships for more inclusive cities worldwide.

G3ict Partners with ICOM Russia to Promote More Inclusive Museums
On International Museum Day (May 18), the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Russian National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). G3ict and ICOM Russia will partner to develop and make available growing knowledge and techniques for creating a digital space accessible to all and using digital inclusion practices in museum activities. The two organizations will jointly leverage their respective programs, global networks, research, and collaborative tools to support this work. To kickstart the partnership, Yulia Sarviro, Senior Project Manager at G3ict participated in an online conference on 'Digital Accessibility in the Field of Culture' on May 18. The conference was attended by various experts in the museum industry as well as accessibility and inclusion based in Russia.

Digital Accessibility in Museums: G3ict Participates in Intermuseum 2020 
G3ict partnered with ICOM Russia to organize a session on digital accessibility within the track on information technologies on May 27, 2020. Yulia Sarviro moderated the discussion held on the sidelines of
International Festival of Museums - Intermuseum 2020, along with speakers Alastair Somerville from Acuity Design, Michal Rimon and Yuval Wagner from Access Israel, Elena Sharova from the Museum of Russian Impressionism, and Dinara Khalikova from ICOM Russia. The Intermuseum annual festival incorporates more than 400 museums from Russia, former USSR countries and beyond, and was founded by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation in 1999.

Smart Cities for All Participates in the UN-Habitat Experts Group Meeting
On May 19-20, Regina Cohen, the G3ict-Smart Cities for All (SC4A) Country Reprensentative from Brazil and James Thurston, Managing Director, SC4A participated in the UN-Habitat virtual Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on 'Inclusive Cities for All'. The event was co-organized by the UN-Habitat, the Geneva Human Rights Platform (GHRP) of the Geneva Academy and the newly established Geneva Cities Hub (GCH), in coordination with the World Blind Union, World Enabled and GAP Partner Constituent Group of Persons with Disabilities and GAP Partner Constituent Group of Older persons and with the Office of the High-Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). It was the second in a series to focus on the development of global best practices for social inclusion in cities and specifically focused on Inclusive Cities from the perspective of Persons with Disabilities and Older Persons.

Take the Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments (CPABE) Job Task Analysis Survey
As G3ict's Smart Cities for All global initiative works to make cities more accessible for older persons and persons with disabilities,  and shares the view that it is imperative to build a workforce that can ensure urban environments are more inclusive. The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) operates as a division of G3ict, and is a membership-based organization for individuals and organizations that are focused on accessibility or are in the process of building their accessibility skills and strategies. Through its portfolio of certification offerings, IAAP now offers the Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments (CPABE) and is currently conducting the CPABE Job Task Analysis survey (available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin until May 30). The survey aims to streamline the application process and scale the Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments (CPABE) program for greater global impact. If you are a built environment professional who champions universal design and accessible spaces please respond and ensure their opinions are heard. For more information, please contact Tracey Shipman, IAAP Program Manager.

G3ict-SC4A Country Representatives Update

Learn more about the latest work and achievements of our G3ict-Smart Cities for All Country Representatives.

Andres Balcazar, Mexico
Andres is an architect and accessibility and disability consultant for national and international organizations from the private, public and civil society sectors. He currently works as Director of Disability Affairs at Mexico's Human Rights Commission. Recently, he has also been a part of the IAAP CPABE Expert Panel and the international IAAP taskforce formed to streamline and scale the CPABE program. His other projects include a collaboration for the launch of to provide news from Latin America and Spain, and contributing updates on COVID-19 for portal. He believes that the COVID-19 pandemic is a time for a renewed focus on the Smart Cities for All efforts, as daily life evolves for the months to come.

Muhammad Atif Sheikh, Pakistan
Atif is the Executive Director of STEP (Special Talent Exchange Program), a cross-disability national organization based in Pakistan that strives for the rights of persons with disabilities. He has experience of over fifteen years in the promotion of accessibility in the built environment and digital accessibility at the national, regional and international levels. He has also contributed to research publications and the development of a guide on
disability-inclusive meetings. Currently, he conducts a talk show titled 'Inclusive' and has recently been interviewed on the lack of accessibility experienced by persons with disabilities.

Meet Our Other Country Representatives

Save the Date

Meet the SC4A team at these upcoming events and webinars

inABLE Webinar on Understanding Digital Accessibility
June 18, 2020 

Join inAble for a webinar on the essentials of web accessibility and gain insights into how to include persons with disabilities in the web design process to ensure that content, services and products are available to everyone. The webinar will be moderated by Irene Mbari-Kirika, Founder and Executive Director of and include speakers Shadi Abou-Zahra, Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist, at World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and Wilson Macharia, LLM Candidate/Advocate at University of Pretoria/High Court of Kenya. Learn more and register for the webinar on 'Understanding Web Accessibility.'
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M-Enabling Summit
September 14-16, 2020 | Washington, D.C.

Coronavirus Update: The M-Enabling Summit organizers are monitoring closely the evolution of governments policies and public health guidelines to ensure a safe planning for the event. This year, the M-Enabling Summit will feature a breakout session on Smart Cities that will see local government leaders and urban planners will discuss real world case studies of how cities address issues of accessibility and inclusion. Learn more about the M-Enabling Summit.

Important Resources

Access and explore the latest resources for smart cities on our website
Access Information and Resources for Disability Inclusive Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
Download the Smart Cities for All Inclusive Innovation Playbook
Download the G3ict Smart Cities for All Toolkit - Available in 10 Languages!
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