As part of the European Disability and Development Week, our partner Light for the World Austria, together with Save the Children and the IDDC will organise a panel discussion to issue a research on “Costing Equity”: the case of financing for inclusive education, and to share experiences from the field, from Burkina Faso (LIGHT FOR THE WORLD) and from China (Save the Children). In addition, the European Commission will comment on its position with regard to inclusive education within development cooperation/in general.
Elie Bagbila, from Light for the World Burkina Faso and guest speaker at this panel will also mention the Inclusive Education project in Burkina Faso which was awarded by the Zero Project 2016.
Click on the invitation flyer to find the email address to the registration.
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the Zero Project wants to remind that women with disability also suffer this sort of discrimination and violence.
As highlighted by the European Disability Forum, women and girls with disabilities are, as a matter of fact more exposed to violence than women without disabilities. In many cases, it is not made possible for them to be protected from violence or to have access to justice, because they are deprived of their legal capacity and someone else decides for them; this legal representative or ‘guardian’ could be the perpetrator of the violence.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) clearly recognises under article 6 that “women and girls with disabilities are subject to multiple discrimination” and that states should take measures to address this issue.
In the process of doing so, the Austrian Ninlil organisation, one of the Innovative Practices 2016, is tackling this problem by preventing violence against women with learning difficulties or multiple disabilities. It aims to prevent bullying and fights sexual violence against women with learning difficulties by organizing seminars to work towards empowering these women.
Click here for more information about the Ninlil organisation.
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.
The Zero Project network was invited by the Moscow Agency of Innovations from the Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship jointly with the executive authorities of Moscow to the Open Challenges program, which identifies, selects and pilots local and international innovations that can address the city’s needs.
Thinking that the society at large that has to meet the needs of people with disabilities and special needs, this challenge aims to facilitate a positive response from the residents of Moscow, and to create an inclusive environment that has educational, consulting, social and cultural components.
Submitted technologies and solutions will be considered and assessed, and also recommended for the inclusion into the List of Innovative Hi-Tech Products and Technologies used by the city. Best solutions will be awarded with an opportunity to run a pilot project in the city. Successfully piloted solutions will be recommended for a large-scale implementation in Moscow’s infrastructure.
The TV Show – “Without Prejudice” – is the first European one to be hosted by persons with intellectual disabilities.
The TV Show – “Without Prejudice” from TVR Cluj will receive the award: Global Recognition “Good Practices for Employees with Disability” from the Brazilian Secretary of State for Persons with Disability.
The award will be given on 2nd of December in New York at the UN Headquarters to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the proclamation of the UN Convention for persons with disability.
This award comes after last year, another TVR production was recognised – Marian Voicu received the gold medal from the UN Correspondents Association for the documentary “Exodus. A Syrian tragedy”.
„We are extremely happy to receive this award. We often say – in our programme we show a different side of disability. One full of hope, confidence and success. This award confirms it”, declared Ovidiu Damian, the show’s producer. „We thank all those that encouraged us, those that are part of the online Without Prejudice community and choose to follow our programme week after week. We also thank our colleagues. It is a collective award for the great teamwork put in it.”, added Ovidiu Damian.
The TVR show is produced in collaboration with the Hans Spalinger Association and is the first of its kind in Europe to have three persons with intellectual disabilities as reporters. The show featured renowned specialists from the field of disability and covered in an unique manner in Romanian media sensitive subjects.
Die UN DESA (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York) wählte das von Q8 initiierte und begleitete Forum Eine Mitte für Alle in Hamburg Altona als einziges deutsches von insgesamt 24 internationalen Best-Practice-Beispielen im Themenfeld „Barrierefreiheit und Inklusive Stadtteilentwicklung“ aus.
Das Forum wurde nicht nur im Rahmen der Publikation mit den weltweiten Best-Practice-Projekten aufgenommen, sondern wurde auch auf der UN-Habitat-Konferenz in Quito, Ecuador vor internationalem Publikum vorgestellt.
Die internationale Anerkennung hat inzwischen auch hier in den Medien Niederschlag gefunden: Das Hamburger Abendblatt berichtete dazu unter der Überschrift: „Vereinte Nationen: Eine Mitte für Alle ist Vorzeige-Quartier“.Und beim NDR Hamburg Journal lief ein Fernsehbericht, in dem Teilnehmende am Forumsprozess mit ihren Erfahrungen und zu den ersten baulichen Entwicklungen im neuen Stadtteil in Hamburg Altona zu Wort kommen.
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
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.
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/
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.
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
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.