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The Zero Project shares knowledge at the Harkin Summit on Disability Employment in D.C.

From 8 to 9 December 2016 the Harkin Summit will be held in Washington, D.C. to identify and create strategies to increase the employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The Summit convenes high-level representatives and grassroots implementers from around the world—all working to increase the employment of people with disabilities by sharing knowledge and expertise.

The Zero Project team will be represented by KR Martin Essl, Founder of the Essl Foundation, its Director, Dr. Michael Fembek and its New York representative, Mr. Thomas Butcher.

At this prestigious summit, Dr Fembek will share a preview of the findings of the forthcoming Zero Project Report 2017 at the panel “What We Know About Disability Employment Around the World” held on Friday, December 9th, from 8 to 9am.

To learn more, read our press release

 

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Zero Project Conference 2017: Launch of new website

Once again, the time has come to inspire!

From February 22nd to 24th, the Zero Project Conference 2017 highlighting Innovative Practices and Policies for persons with disabilities, will be held at the United Nations Office/Vienna International Centre, Austria.

This year, 260 innovative solutions concerning Employment, Work and Vocational Education and Training were nominated by the Zero Project’s network of experts from around the world. Out of these, 68 Innovative Practices and Policies have been selected as the most outstanding and are to be presented at next year’s conference.

With its annual event, the Zero Project supports decision-makers and opinion leaders in their efforts to implement the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) worldwide.

Visit our brand-new website to learn more about it: http://conference.zeroproject.org/

If you are interested to participated get in touch: office@zeroproject.org

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Zero Project will be participating in UN Habitat III in Quito

From 17 to 20 October 2016 HABITAT III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, will be held in Quito, Ecuador. At HABITAT III conference, Governments are expected to adopt the New Urban Agenda that will guide the sustainable and inclusive development of the world’s cities for next 20 years. The Zero Project team will be represented by its Director: Michael Fembek and its New York representative: Thomas Butcher, who will be participating in a number of efforts that aim to promote the inclusion of disability in all Habitat III processes.

 

DESA – High-level forum on disability-inclusion and accessible urban development

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The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Ecuadorian Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MIDUVI) in collaboration with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, Secretariat of UN Habitat III, Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), Rehabilitation International, Disabled People’s International, Essl Foundation, The Nippon Foundation and the Global Network on Disability Inclusion and Accessible Urban Development, will convene a high-level forum on disability-inclusion and accessible urban development in Quito on 16 October, a day prior to the opening of HABITAT III.

At the Forum in particular a publication entitled: “Good practices of accessible urban development“ will be launched, an effort to which the Zero Project contributed on invitation by UN DESA. Michael Fembek, Zero Project Director, will participate as rapporteur of the Forum.

Participants at the Forum will include Governments, UN agencies, urban policy-makers and practitioners, DPOs as well as other stakeholders. The Forum will work to ensure that the New Urban Agenda will be fully inclusive of and accessible to all, particularly to persons with disabilities. It will also facilitate an exchange of practical and technical expertise, as well as provide an opportunity for a call for commitments for action to further advance the creation of inclusive cities for all. Discussions at the Forum are expected to provide a set of recommendations that will work to support the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The Essl Foundation – the Zero Project’s initiator – is also pleased to host the reception that will be held after the Forum.

More information can be found at: https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/desa-forum-ecuador-oct2016.html

 

WFC side event – Heading towards the Regenerative City: The impact of Inclusiveness and Accessibility

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Access audit of the alternatives routes from the transportation hub to the headquarters of Kuala Lumpur City Hall © Kuala Lumpur City Hall – a Zero Project Innovative Policy 2014

On Thursday 20th October, the World Future Council – a Zero Project operative partner – is organizing an official Habitat III side event entitled “Heading towards the Regenerative City: The impact of Inclusiveness and Accessibility”. It will be held from 9:30 until 10:30 in Room 14 of the Habitat III venue. The discussion will explore the synergies and overlaps between inclusiveness, accessibility and the concept of the Regenerative City. The key objective of the event is to showcase how inclusiveness links to the concept of the Regenerative city, and more generally to environmental sustainability. By exploring the synergies between inclusiveness and sustainability, the discussion will put emphasis on the need to adopt a cross-sectoral approach to policy making, fundamental to solve the range of interconnected challenges facing cities today.

Michael Fembek, Zero Project Director, will participate in the debate as speaker along with panelists such as Ms. Daniela Bas, Director of the Division of Social Policy and Development, UN DESA (video message); Dr. Victor Pineda, President of the Pineda Foundation and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Berkley, USA; Mr. Stefan Schurig, Director, Climate, Energy and Cities, World Future Council, Germany; and Mr. Zhenshan Zhang, UN-Habitat, China. The debate will be chaired by Mr. Filippo Boselli, Policy Officer, World Future Council, Germany. More information can be found at: https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/regenerative-inclusive-cities-habitat-iii-quito/

Download the Side Event Flyer (PDF)

 

EFC side event – The role of philanthropy in the New Urban Agenda

On Monday 17 October, the European Foundation Centre organizes an official Habitat III side event entitled “The role of philanthropy in the New Urban Agenda”. It will be held from 9.30 until 10.30 in Room 4 of the Habitat III venue. The session will be a very interactive one where the audience and speakers will engage in a dialogue to understand what niche role foundations can play in the implementation and monitoring of the New Urban Agenda.

Michael Fembek, Zero Project Director, will participate in the debate. Panellists include: Representative from Fundación Avina and Natalie Ross, Council on Foundations. More information can be found: http://www.efc.be/news/habitat-iii-foundation-events-quito/

 

DESA – Publication on Good practices of accessible urban development

In light of HABITAT III and the New Urban Agenda, UN DESA – in collaboration with the Zero Project and others –  prepared a publication entitled: “Good practices of accessible urban development“. It provides case studies of innovative practices and policies in housing and built environments, as well as transportation, public spaces and public services, including information and communication technology (ICT) based services. The publication concludes with strategies and innovations for promoting accessible urban development and can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/unenable_urbandev

Advance unedited version of the publication “Good practices of accessible urban development“

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26th September 2016, Brussels: Zero Project invited to the European Parliament

The Zero Project is today guest speaker to the exchange of views organized by the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) on the European Accessibility Act.

The purpose of the public hearing is to allow the EMPL Members to obtain the views of experts with regard to the very complex and wide-ranging proposal currently under discussion, its expected impact on the social inclusion of persons with disabilities and its broader implications for the stakeholders concerned.

The draft programme of the hearing taking place on 26th September 2016, 15.00 – 16.00, in Room: PHS 1A002 at the European Parliament in Brussels, is as follows:

Introduction by the Chair: Mr Thomas Händel, MEP

Presentations by the experts:

Ms Ingrid Heindorf – Zero Project, Head of Policy Research and Conference Organisation, World Future Council (DOC)

Mr David Capozzi – US Access Board, Executive Director (PDF)

Ms Sabine Lobnig – Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF), Deputy Director Communications & Regulations (PPT)

Ms Anna Lawson – University of Leeds, Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Disability Studies (DOC)

Questions and Answers

Conclusions by the Rapporteur: Mr Adam Kósa, MEP

Download the Programme (DOC)

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Zero Project shortlists 20 policies and 97 practices from 32 countries

The Zero Project has completed the first round of the shortlisting process for Innovative Practices and Policies in the field of employment, work and vocational education and training. It has shortlisted 97 nominations for Innovative Practices and 20 for Innovative Policies from 32 countries in the world.

Vienna/Geneva 13th September 2016: The Zero Project researches the status of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) around the world and, this year, is focusing on employment, work and vocational education and training.

The Zero Project’s Call for Nominations of Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies produced an astounding 260 Nominations from 77 countries.

The Zero Project team, with the help of its partners and experts network, has now finished to shortlist those nominations that best live up to its three criteria: Innovation, Impact and Scalability.

Call for Innovative Practices: 97 Shortlisted Nominations

The Call for Nominations of Innovative Practices resulted in 213 nominations from 71 countries and all regions of the world. Out of these 97 nominations from 44 countries were shortlisted.

Shortlisted practices come from 44 different countries, 34 from Europe, 33 from Asia/Pacific, 12 from Africa, 6 Latin America, 12 North America.

Countries with the highest number of shortlisted practices are India (7), USA (6) and Austria, Egypt, Germany and Spain (4).

Call for Innovative Policies: 20 Shortlisted Nominations

The Call for Nominations of Innovative Policies resulted in 48 nominations from 29 countries, from all continents.

Countries with the most shortlisted nominations for Innovative Policies are Australia, Ecuador, Peru and the United States (2 from each of these countries).

Next steps in the selection process

All shortlisted practices and policies are now undergoing the Zero Project’s research process, before in October, our network will be asked to vote on them as the final step in the selection process.

The overall aim is to award a total of around 50 Innovative Practices and 10 Innovative Policies at the next Zero Project Conference in February 2017 at the UN Vienna.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Michael Fembek

Zero Project, Director

Essl Foundation, Klosterneuburg/Austria

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Ingrid Heindorf

Zero Project, Head of Innovative Policies Research

World Future Council, Geneva/Switzerland

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Download the press release here

ZP2017 Call for nominations

260 nominations from 77 countries submitted to Zero Project 2017

The Zero Project has completed the nomination process for Innovative Practices and Policies in the field of employment, work and vocational education and training. It has received 213 nominations for Innovative Practices and 47 for Innovative Policies from more than 70 countries in the world

Vienna/Geneva 12th July 2016: The Zero Project researches the status of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) around the world and, this year, is focusing on employment, work and vocational education and training.

The nomination process started in May 2016 and the Call for Nominations of Innovative Practices, as well as Innovative Policies, closed at the end of June. The process of carefully screening, shortlisting, voting on, and finally selecting the Innovative Practices and Policies 2017 of the Zero Project has now already begun.

The Zero Project received an astounding 260 Nominations from 77 countries. What this demonstrates is a global movement of practitioners advancing opportunities in employment, work and vocational education and training “on the ground,” supporting persons with all kinds of disabilities in all contexts.

Call for Innovative Practices: 213 Nominations

The Call for Nominations of Innovative Practices resulted in 213 nominations from 71 countries and all regions of the world: 24 were received from Africa, 34 from Asia/Pacific, 90 from Europe, 28 from the Middle East, 19 from North America, 15 from Latin America and the Caribbean, and 3 from Australia.

Countries where the most Innovative Practices were nominated: Austria, home country of the Zero Project (13), Germany, United Kingdom and United States (12), Ireland and Spain (9), Canada and Israel (8), India (7), Bangladesh, Egypt, Italy, and South Africa (6).

Nominations were also received from crisis-ridden countries such as Afghanistan (4 nominations) Palestine (5 nominations), and Syria (1 nomination).

Call for Innovative Policies: 47 Nominations

The Call for Nominations of Innovative Policies resulted in 47 nominations being accepted by the Zero Project.

These Nominations for Innovative Policies came from all regions of the world:  Africa (2), Asia Pacific (11), Europe (13), Middle East (2), North America (9), and Latin America and the Caribbean (10). Countries with the most nominations for Innovative Policies were: USA (7), India (4), and Malaysia and Peru (3).

Next steps in the selection process

The Zero Project team, with the help of its partners and experts network, is currently shortlisting all nominations, based on its three criteria: Innovation, Impact and Scalability.

In September and October, the Zero Project network will be asked to vote on the shortlisted nominations as the next step in the selection process.

The overall aim is to award a total of around 50 Innovative Practices and 10 Innovative Policies at the next Zero Project Conference in February 2017 at the UN Vienna.

 

For further information, please contact:

Michael Fembek

Zero Project, Director                                                              

Essl Foundation, Klosterneuburg/Austria

m.fembek@zeroproject.org

 

Ingrid Heindorf

Zero Project, Head of Innovative Policies Research

World Future Council, Geneva/Switzerland

i.heindorf@zeroproject.org

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30th June 2016, Tokyo: How to implement the CRPD? Conference

In Tokyo, the discussion went on:

In the aftermath of the 9th session of the Conference of the States Parties (CoSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which recently took place in New York, we continued the dialogue on how to best advance implementation of the UN CRPD in Japan. DSF9060-copy-1024x704

On June 30th, more than 40 representatives of Government (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), international organisations (UNDP), diplomatic corps, foundations (Nippon Foundation, Japan Foundation), development agencies (JICA), academia and the civil society (JSRPD, World Blind Union, GAATES, APAC, WNUSPDPI Japan, Inclusion International, Techbility, NexTidEvolution..) followed the invitation of Austrian Embassy in Japan and the Zero Project for an evening of exchange and networking.

It was a great chance to meet Dr. Jun Ishikawa who was recently elected as the first Japanese member of the UN CRPD Committee, and to get insights about the research of Zero Project and how the project could be of value for Japan in future. Furthermore, Shinji Sudo from the People Design Institute, presented his projects on how design can break down barriers and started a fruitful discussion about super welfare.

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Among the participants were also two Innovative Policies nominators:

  •  Prof. Osamu Nagase, who nominated the revision of Japan’s Election Law in 2013 which repealed the discriminatory article that deprived people under adult guardianship of their right to vote and to stand for elections, and led to the enfranchisement of more than 136,000 persons.
  • Prof. Satoshi Kose, who nominated the Housing Mortgage Scheme for the Ageing Future that incentivises individuals and housing providers to build private dwellings that respect requirements on accessibility and usability by offering them lower interest rates. As a result housing mortgage usage related to desing for ageing increased to over 60%.

Information was also published in an article of the GAATES newsletter

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Call for Nominations – Deadline extended until July 1!

We have extended the Deadline for the Call for Nomination on Innovative Practices until July 1!

The Zero Project team would like to invite you to nominate innovative practices concerning this year’s topics:

Employment, Work and Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Anyone can nominate any project, and self-nominations are also accepted!

If you have any questions or want a MS Word-Document to fill in, please don’t hesitate to contact us at office@zeroproject.org any time.

Submitting a nomination is easy by filling in the new Nomination-Online Tool – click HERE!

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UN disability summit (CoSP9): Four events feature the Zero Project

The world’s largest international disability community gathering held at the UN Headquarters kicks off this week and the Zero Project team has safely arrived on Sunday.

A total of four different events and Side Events of the 9th session of the Conference of States Parties (CoSP) to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) taking place from 13-16 June 2016 in New York, are held with the participation of the Zero Project:

DESA/DSPD FORUM: WAYS FORWARD TOWARDS A DISABILITY INCLUSIVE AND ACCESSIBLE NEW URBAN AGENDA AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION

Organized by Division for Social Policy and Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs – in partnership with the Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, Permanent Missions of Ecuador, United Arab Emirates, Germany,  Kazakhstan, GAATES, Rehabilitation International, Nippon Foundation and Essl Foundation -, the event aims 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”. Martin Essl, Founder of the Essl Foundation, will join as panelist to present the Zero Project. The event is held on 14th June from 1.15 – 2.30 p.m., in Conference Room 7 (UN HQ, Secretariat Building). Find out more about the event here: http://www.un.org/disabilities/ Contact information: Eric ZHANG (zhangg@un.org)

ICT SUPPORTING EDUCATION FOR ALL

Information and Communication Technologies are powerful instruments to support education for all children in all countries, especially when it comes to the availability and accessibility of quality education and training that is affordable even in remote areas and in low-income countries. In this side event, organized by the Permanent Mission of Austria – in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Burkina Faso, Essl Foundation, G3ICT-Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, Light for the World and the European Economic and Social Committee, experts present and discuss existing technologies and their potential for the future, like internet access, online tools, manuals and training, smartphone applications, digital databases and a lot more. The event is moderated by Michael Fembek, Zero Project Director, and is held on 15th June in Conference Room 12 (UN HQ, Secretariat Building) from 11.45 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. More: https://www.bmeia.gv.at/oev-new-york/news/events/15-june-2016-ict-supporting-education-for-all/ Contact information: Johanna Lindner (johanna.LINDNER@bmeia.gv.at). Sign language interpretation provided.

URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND HUMAN RESILIENCE: TOWARDS INCLUSIVE CITIES IN THE ARAB REGION

Organized by the Arab Forum for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities/DPI Arab Regional Office and the Public Authority of Disabled, Kuwait – in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Kuwait to the UN, Zero Project, the Arab City Organization, the European Network for Accessible Tourism -, this side event will inform relevant UN decision makers on the issue of disability inclusion and urban development. Thomas Butcher of the Zero Project presents key findings of the Zero Project on the Arab Region. The event is held on 16th June, from 10.00 – 11.30 a.m., in Conference Room 11 (UN HQ). More information: Facebook page “AFRPD”, Flyer
Contact information: Jana Husseini (janahusseini1988@gmail.com)

LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND FROM EARLY AGE: INNOVATIVE PRACTICES ON EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION

This side event organized by the Zero Project, in partnership with the European Association of Service Providers for People with Disabilities (EASPD), will present Innovative Practices on Early Childhood Intervention. It is universally recognized that the period of early childhood is one of the most important phases for the development and well-being of any child. Still, Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is far from being mainstreamed into national policies and financial support mechanisms for children with disabilities. Together, Zero Project and EASPD have researched Innovative Practices, focusing on Eastern Europe, that can be of inspiration for other support services, decision-makers, and professionals willing to develop or improve ECI services and programmes in their communities. The event will be moderated by Mr. Michael Fembek, Director of the Zero Project, and includes the following speakers: Ms. Georgette Mulheir, CEO of Lumos; Mr. Andy Shih, Senior Vice President, Scientific Affairs of Autism Speaks; Ms. Shirin Lutfeali, Save the Children; Ms. Sabrina Ferraina, EASPD; Ms. Carmen Arroyo de Sande, EASPD; Mr. Wilfried Kainz, Zero Project. The event is being held on 16th June from 10.00 – 11.30 a.m., in Conference Room D (UN HQ, Secretariat Building). Find out more about the event here: www.zeroproject.org; http://easpd.eu/en/content/un-conference-states-parties-side-event-leaving-no-one-behind-early-age-innovative-practices Contact information: Wilfried Kainz (w.kainz@zeroproject.org)

Read here our full press release!

 

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Zero Project Calls for Nominations of Employment Practices – Deadline extended until July 1st

The Zero Project team invites leading experts and organizations to nominate innovative practices concerning this year’s topics:

Employment, Work and Vocational Education and Training (VET)

 

The “Innovative Practices 2017” will be selected by the Zero Project network of experts in a multistep process, and will be

–        featured in the Zero Project Report 2017;

–        their representatives will be invited to speak at the Zero Project Conference in Vienna (Austria) in February 2017.

 

Submitting a nomination is easy by filling in the (new) Nomination-Online Tool.

Click HERE

The deadline is extended until July 1, 2016.

Anyone can nominate any project. Self-nominations are also accepted!

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at office@zeroproject.org any time.

 

We are looking forward to receiving your nomination!

The Zero Project Team and Zero Project Partners