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Participate and submit Innovative Practices and Policies!

Once again, the Zero Project team invites leading experts and organizations to nominate outstanding practices and policies concerning this year’s topic: Independent Living and Political Participation.

The Innovative Policies and Practices selected by internationally renowned experts in a multistep process will be, amongst others:
- featured in the upcoming Zero Project Report 2015, on this website and related social media platforms; and
- their representatives will be invited to speak at the Zero Project Conference 2015 at UN Vienna!

Submitting a nomination is easy: Download instructions and nomination form from the links below (available in 8 different languages) and then send the completed nomination form to Ms Doris Neuwirth: office@zeroproject.org.

We look forward greatly to receiving your nominations!

The Zero Project Team and Zero Project 2015 Partners

 

Zero Project 2015 Call for Nominations:

Arabic – أرابيسك

Email Call for Nomination (arabic, MS Word)
Instructions (arabic, MS Word)
Nomination Form (arabic, MS Word)
 

Chinese – 吃呢司生产

Email Call for Nomination (chinese, MS Word)
Instructions (chinese, MS Word)
Nomination Form (Chinese, MS Word)
 

Deutsch

Email Call for Nomination (deutsch, MS Word)
Instructions (deutsch, MS Word)
Nomination Form (deutsch, MS Word)
 

Deutsch Einfache Sprache

Email Call for Nomination (deutsch, Einfache Sprache, MS Word)
Erklärungen (deutsch, Einfache Sprache, MS Word)
Nominierungsformular (deutsch, Einfache Sprache, MS Word)
 

English

Email Call for Nomination (english, MS Word)
Instructions (english, MS Word)
Call for Nomination (english, MS Word)
 

English Plain Language

Email Call for Nomination (english, Plain Language, MS Word)
Explanations (english, Plain Language, MS Word)
Nomination Form (english, Plain Language, MS Word)
 

Espanol

Email Call for Nomination (spanish, MS Word)
Instructions (spanish, MS Word)
Nomination Form (spanish, MS Word) 
 

Francais

Email Call for Nomination (French, MS Word)
Instructions (French, MS Word)
Call for Nomination (French, MS Word)
 

Italiano

Email Call for Nomination (italian, MS Word)
Instructions (italian, MS Word)
Nomination Form (italian, MS Word)
 

Russian – руссищ

Email Call for Nomination (russian, MS Word)
Instructions (russian, MS Word)
Call for Nomination (russian, MS Word)

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Join us at the IASSIDD 2014 Conference!

The Zero Project Team is proud to have been invited as speaker to the IASSIDD roundtable on “Inclusion in the community – community-based services”, moderated by Albert Brandstätter, Lebenshilfe Austria, and which includes the following panellists:

  • Klaus Brunner, Seld-advocate, Lebenshilfe Vorarlberg
  • Heinrich Schellhorn, Soziallandesrat, Region of Salzburg
  • Nicolette Blok, Moderator, Trainer, Consultant, as Relative active in the field of Self-Advocacy for people with disabilities
  • Thomas Driessen, Executive Director of alpha nova, a social service provider of highly innovative services in the field of inclusive living and working, and personal assistance
  • Ingrid Heindorf, Zero Project Team Geneva, World Future Council

The roundtable will be held on 17th July 2014 at 16:15-17:45h, at the University of Vienna, in Kleiner Festsaal. More information is available here (in German).

The 4th IASSIDD Europe Congress is a major European event presenting and debating the newest advances in research on intellectual disability from around the globe at the premises of the University of Vienna. The congress program will have a stringent and prominent inclusive format, giving people with intellectual disability the opportunity to actively participate. The topics addressed at the congress will follow a structure closely linked to the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). The focus of this congress will allow participants among others to detect areas for future research meaningful with respect to evidence based promotion on those rights as expressed in the CRPD. The IASSDD Europe 2014 Congress is organized jointly by IASSIDD, the University of Vienna and Lebenshilfe Austria.

Removing barriers to accessibility

Successful side event at the Maputo Review Conference

Our side event Removing barriers to accessibility – a key component of a rights-based approach to victim assistance and disability: How to effectively advance its implementation?, which we hosted together with the Delegation of Austria, was well attended by some 40-50 delegates of the Maputo Review Conference.

Moderated by Ms. Caroline Wörgötter, Delegation of Austria, the event started with the opening keynote speech of H.E. Iolanda Maria Pedro Campos Cintura, Minister for Women and Social Affairs of Mozambique. Subsequently, the following panel speakers intervened:

  • Ms. Ingrid Heindorf, Human Rights Officer, Zero Project, World Future Council (WFC);
  • Mr. Firoz Ali Alizada, Campaign Manager, International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL);
  • Mr. Claude Tardif, Head of Physical Rehabilitation Programme, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); as well as
  • Mr. Albino Forquilha, Executive Director, Promoção da Paz, Prevenção do Crime e Reinserção Social (FOMICRES).

The panel discussion took place on the occasion of the Third Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty, at 24th June 2014, 12–2pm, in Side Event Room 2, Girassol Indy Congress Conference Centre, Maputo, Mozambique. Please find our flyer (Word, English) and press release (Word, German) here 

Maputo Review Conference Programme and Side Events
Check out this post later to read our final report and for further impressionsPanel Speakers Ingrid Heindorf und Firoz Ali Alizada at Zero Project Side Event in Maputo 20140624_154749

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GAATES Partners with the Zero Project

 

The Zero Project Report 2014 revealed “dispiriting results on emergency issues.” In recognition of this fact, The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) in collaboration with the Zero Project is looking for innovative practices and policies that relate to Emergency Preparedness and Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR).

 

These practices and policies will be presented at the 2015 Zero Project Conference in Vienna, Austria alongside practices and policies pertaining to the Zero Project’s own streams on Independent Living and Political Participation.

 

The vision of the Zero Project is to work for a world without barriers, according to the principles and Articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It does so by researching Innovative Practices and Innovative Polices worldwide that help to improve the lives of persons with disabilities, as well as researching social indicators that measure the implementation of the UN CRPD and the current situation in all countries of the world.

 

While recognizing the collaborative partnership of the Zero Project, GAATES is fully responsible for the DiDRR stream, including the preparation and distribution of the nomination form, the review and research of the nominations, and the development and presentation of the results report. GAATES will be using the Zero Project processes, evaluation system, reporting protocols and communication tools.

 

We welcome you to download the Disaster Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR) nomination and instruction documents from the GAATES website at www.gaates.org/zeroproject2015/index.shtml . You can also download these forms, as well as the Zero Project nomination and instruction forms related to the Independent Living and Political Participation streams at www.zeroproject.org/downloads.

 

Who can nominate a practice or policy?

Everyone can nominate a practice or a policy, including experts from the academic, public, private, and non-profit sector. Self-nominations are possible as well. Please note, however, that laws, regulations or public policies cannot be nominated by the responsible government, parliament, or administration.

 

 

What is the Zero Project?

The Zero Project – For a World Without Barriers, officially launched in 2011 by the Essl Foundation, advocates the rights of persons with disabilities internationally. With its global outreach, the Zero Project monitors the national implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and highlights innovative practices and policies. The project is organised in partnership with the World Future Council and the European Foundation Centre.

 

What is GAATES?

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is the leading international not-for-profit organization that brings together individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting accessibility of electronic and communication technologies and accessibility of the built environment. GAATES’ mission is to promote the understanding and implementation of accessibility of the sustainable built, social and virtual environments, including architectural, infrastructural design, transportation systems, habitat, and electronic information and communication technologies so that everyone, including people with disabilities and older persons are able to fully participate and contribute to society.

 

Banner for the “Third Review Conference of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction“ in Maputo 2014

Zero Project in Maputo: Accessibility is a key component of a rights-based approach to victim assistance

 

The Zero Project and the Delegation of Austria cordially invite you to their Side Event at the Third Review Conference of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention:

Removing barriers to accessibility – a key component

of a rights-based approach to victim assistance and disability: How to effectively advance its implementation?

 

 

June 24th, 2014, 12 – 2 p.m.

Side Event Room 2, Girassol Indy Congress Conference Centre
Maputo, Mozambique

 

This side event, organized by Austria, the Essl Foundation and the World Future Council, aims to raise awareness among stakeholders about the importance of adopting and implementing accessibility practices and policies to remove physical, communication, technology, organizational and attitudinal barriers for persons with disabilities, including mine and ERW survivors, to ensure their freedom in movement and access to services and their right to a life in dignity. The event will discuss good practices and promote closer collaboration among stakeholders, in order to implement victim assistance and human rights norms and commitments in a holistic and effective way.

Ingrid Heindorf, from the Zero Project’s Geneva team, will present the Zero Project Report 2014 and in particular, highlight the outstanding Innovative Policies and Innovative Practices on Accessibility.

Please find our flyer here

Download the Maputo Review Conference Programme and Side Events

 

Note that all attendees of the Side Event have to be registered with the United Nations in Geneva for the Third Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty.

 

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Enjoy some snapshot from the side event

We organized this side event at the Conference of State Parties at the UN in New York. Please share the pictures!

 

Hashtag EU report on CRPD

NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US

 

“Nothing about us without us“ (Latin: “Nihil de nobis, sine nobis”) is a slogan used to communicate the idea that no policy should be decided by any representative without the full and direct participation of members the group(s) affected by that policy. This involves national, ethnic, disability-based, or other groups that are often thought to be marginalized from political, social, and economic opportunities. — Wikipedia

 

On 5 June 2014, the European Union published its first report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). The European Disability Forum (EDF) foregrounds a few missing opportunities around the EU report.

First and foremost, the report fails to include organisations of persons with disabilites!

 

So far NO “Nothing about us without us“!!

 

In order to cover the gaps of the EU report and present the real situation for 80 million Europeans with disabilities, EDF is in the process of preparing its alternative report with the involvement of other civil society organisations.

Find out more on EDF website!

 

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The Zero Project at Side Event of this year’s Conference of the State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

 

On June 11th, 2014 the Zero Project will participate in the Side Event “Creating accessible and inclusive societies for all: progress and challenges in implementing article 9 of the CRPD ″at the 7th Conference of the State Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP). The event is co-organized by the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights as well as the Permanent Missions of Austria and Mexico and the International Disability Alliance and is taking place at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Michael Fembek, Head of the Zero Project, will have a chance to present outstanding Innovative Policies and Innovative Practices 2014 on accessibility to participants of this year´s COSP.

The Conference Invitation can be found at: www.zeroproject.org/downloads

The Permanent Missions of Austria and Mexico together with OHCHR cordially invite you to a Side Event

Our CoSP Side Event – Creating accessible & inclusive societies for all.

 

The Zero Project cordially invites you to a Side Event of the 7th Session of the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP):

Creating accessible and inclusive societies for all -
Progress and challenges in implementing article 9 of the CRPD

June 11th, 2014, 1.15 – 2.30 p.m.

Conference Room, 7 North Lawn Building,
UN Headquarters, New York

 

This side event, organized by the Essl Foundation, the World Future Council, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Permanent Missions of Austria and Mexico, will highlight the importance of accessibility measures for persons with disabilities. Dr. Michael Fembek, Head of the Zero Project, will be presenting the Zero Project Report 2014.

Please find our flyer here

Note that all attendees of the Side Event have to be registered with the United Nations in New York for the COSP.

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The ZERO PROJECT seeks Innovative Practices and Policies – participate!

Once again, the Zero Project team invites leading experts and organizations to nominate (Deadline: 4th July 2014) outstanding practices and policies concerning this year’s topic: Independent Living and Political Participation.

The Innovative Policies and Practices selected by internationally renowned experts in a multistep process will be:
- featured in the Zero Project Report 2015, on its website www.zeroproject.org and social media platforms; and
- their representatives will be invited to speak at the Zero Project Conference 2015 in Vienna (Austria).

Submitting a nomination is easy: Visit http://zeroproject.org/home/downloads/, download and read the instructions, and then complete the nomination form (available in 8 different languages). Send the completed nomination form to Ms Doris Neuwirth: office@zeroproject.org by July 4, 2014.

We look forward greatly to receiving your nomination!

The Zero Project Team
Michael FEMBEK (Essl Foundation, Vienna)
Carmen ARROYO DE SANDE (European Foundation Centre, Brussels)
Silvia BALMAS (European Foundation Centre, Brussels)
Sandra GASSNER (Essl Foundation, Vienna)
Ingrid HEINDORF (World Future Council, Geneva)
Maria OREJAS (European Foundation Centre, Brussels)
Doris NEUWIRTH (Essl Foundation, Vienna)
Amelie SAUPE (Essl Foundation, New York)

Zero Project 2015 Partners
Disabled People´s International (DPI)
European Coalition for Community Living (ECCL)
European Network for Independent Living (ENIL)
Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)
Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Independent Living Institute (IL!)
International Disability Alliance (IDA)
International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Latin American Network of Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and their Families (RIADIS)
Lebenshilfe Österreich (Inclusion Europe, Austrian branch)
Light for the World Austria
Unicredit-Bank Austria is a sponsoring partner of the Zero Project