Our Innovative Practice 2014, Hamburg’s citizens forum for all (Bürgerforum „Eine Mitte für Alle“), will meet again on 15th September 2016 to discuss the topic of social infrastructure, in order to make visible its key features, to incentivize cooperation and to explore potential gaps.
In cooperation with the relevant authority the forum has also elaborated criteria for the controlling of accessibility and inclusion projects, which will be presented and discussed.
Due to the international attention the forum has received since receiving our award in 2014, its staff has now published a translation of its working paper “Objectives and Steps for Inclusive Urban Planning Mitte Altona”, which can be accessed here.
This Agenda of focused policies and strategies is hoped to harness the power and forces behind urbanization. Habitat III therefore provides an important platform for the world’s urban development policy makers and practitioners, as well as those working in the field of disability to review current progress and practices and consider opportunities for change. Importantly, the New Urban Agenda needs to ensure that future cities, towns and basic urban infrastructures and services are more environmentally accessible, user-friendly and inclusive of all people’s needs, including persons with disabilities.
The Zero Project is therefore very pleased to be a partner of the DESA Forum on Ways forward towards a Disability Inclusive and Accessible New Urban Agenda, that will take place in the UN Conference room 7, on 14 June 2016, 1.15-3:00pm, UN Headquarters in New York.
Check out the latest edition – April 2016, which includes important information abou:
the forthcoming 2016 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) that will be held in New York from 11 to 20 July 2016 under the auspices of ECOSOC,
the second meeting of the Global Network on Monitoring and Evaluation for Disability-Inclusive Development (MEDD) that took place from 3 to 4 May at UN Headquarters in New York,
the DESA DSPD Forum on Disability-Inclusive Humanitarian Action at the World Humanitarian Summit,
UN Habitat III – the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – that will take place in Ecuador to design a transformative and inclusive “New Urban Agenda” for the world cities, and much more!
Work is essential for realizing other human rights and it forms an inseparable and inherent part of human dignity. Employment of persons with disabilities is about the opportunity to gain a living by work freely chosen or accepted in a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible.
Hence, the Zero Project 2017 is focusing on Work, Employment, and Vocational Education and Training, and our call for nominating innovative policies has just been launched!
Any type of policy can be nominated, concerning:
any form of work (employment, own-use production work, volunteer work, trainee work),
any status of employment (employees, employers, own-account workers, members of producers’ cooperatives, contributing family workers and other) and
all phases of employment (including recruitment, hiring and employment, advancement and conditions of work), including those innovations that facilitate the transition from segregated settings to forms of employment in the open labour market.
Consider, for instance, policies concerning:
the transition from school to work,
technical andvocational guidance,
placement services and assistance in finding, obtaining, maintaining and returning to employment,
vocational and continuing training, inclusive apprenticeships,
adaptations to the workplace, job design, tools, machinery and work organisation,
self-employment, entrepreneurship, cooperatives and starting one’s own business,
financial incentives and tax exemptions,
just and favourable working conditions,
part-time employment and other job arrangements,
coordination with other services (e.g. embedding employment specialists in clinical treatment teams),
disability-inclusive social security or
certification of companies.
Innovative Policies can be laws, regulations, standards, strategies, programmes, adopted by local, regional and national parliaments, governments or public authorities.
You know about an outstanding policy? Nominate it!
If selected, the nomination will be included as an “Innovative Policy 2017” in the Zero Project Report and on our Website. Nominated organizations as well as their nominators will be invited to become part of the Zero Project expert network. Moreover, representatives of the most outstanding Innovative Policies will be invited to present at the Zero Project Conference in February 2017 in Vienna (Austria).
We are looking forward to receiving your nomination!
The Zero Project team in Geneva, responsible for policy research and conference organisation, and under the lead of the World Future Council, is looking for a new full-time trainee that would provide similar great support as given by Pierre Al-Hammoud, who was with us since June 2015 and who left the team at the end of April 2016:
Academic background, preferably in international relations, political sciences or law
Good understanding of human rights issues and disability policy
Excellent communication skills in English. Language skills in Spanish, French, German, Russian, Arabic and/or Chinese are an asset.
Good IT literacy and organizational skills. WordPress experience is an asset.
Having a direct experience of disability or with persons with disabilities is an asset
Outgoing personality with a ‘can-do’ attitude
Ability to work both independently and as part of an international team
Be reliable and capable of paying close attention to detail
Be committed to the WFC’s vision and mission of long-term sustainability and equity
Swiss or EU nationality is required
The WFC Foundation offers the trainee CHF 750 per month. The WFC is an equal opportunities employer and encourages persons with disabilities to apply.
To apply, please send a letter of motivation, a CV and work sample as well as your skype contact details to the Zero Project Head of Policy Research and Conference Organisation: Ms Ingrid Heindorf, Ingrid.email@example.com. Subject heading: Human Rights Trainee and your name. Deadline: 18 May 2016. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
This new digital resource which will help enable businesses to learn how organisations have made the leap from a ‘tick the box’ attitude to accessibility, to one which seeks to innovate, inspire and engage.
A research was also commissioned by Barcklays in order to mesure the level of accessibility of 500 companies in the UK, and you can find the full findings here.
Our partner Light for the World is currently looking for an International Director Communications. The person will be part of their International Management Team and will be responsible for an overarching communications strategy. The place of work is flexible, working language is English.
Interested candidates may also apply via their webpage: http://www.light-for-the-world.org/take-action/engage/
With 516 participants from more than 70 countries and with 35 sessions, engaging 198 speakers, the Zero Project Conference 2016 on Inclusive Education and ICT was a wonderful climax of 5 years of collective efforts.
Moreover, the event was hosted once again by the United Nations Office in Vienna from 10 till 12 February 2016 – our special thanks therefore go to UNOV and the Austrian Ministry of European and International Affairs for their great support.