Call for nominations for UNESCO Prize on the Use of ICTs in Education

Since 2005, the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Education has recognized innovations in teaching and learning that leverage technology to improve educational outcomes.

The theme for the 2016 edition of UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education is the Use of ICTs in Education for Disadvantaged Groups.

Hereunder you can find the Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Public Information’s call to nominate candidates for the 2016 edition of the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Education, inviting NGOs in official relations with UNESCO to submit nominations for this year. The application guidelines, the Statutes and the financial regulations (English and French), are attached.

Please help with the nominations when necessary. Applications should be sent before the deadline for submission of the files set for 30 September 2016.

Should you have any questions, please contact us (email: ictprize@unesco.org).

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Depuis 2005, le Prix UNESCO-Roi Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa pour l’utilisation des technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) dans l’éducation a récompensé des innovations dans le domaine de l’enseignement et de l’apprentissage qui utilisent la technologie comme un levier pour améliorer les performances éducatives.

Le thème de l’édition 2016 du Prix est le suivant : l’utilisation des TIC dans l’éducation en faveur des groupes défavorisés.

Veuillez trouver ci-joint l’appel à candidatures du Sous-Directeur général pour les Relations extérieures et l’Information du public pour l’édition 2016 du Prix invitant les ONG à soumettre des candidatures pour cette année. La lettre circulaire, le formulaire de candidature, le guide de candidature, les statuts et le règlement financier (en anglais et en français) sont en pièce jointe.

Je vous prie de bien vouloir faciliter les présentations de nomination des pays si nécessaire. Les candidatures devront être envoyées avant la date limite de réception des documents prévue pour le 30 septembre 2016.

Pour tout renseignement complémentaire, merci de nous contacter (courriel : ictprize@unesco.org)

Je vous remercie par avance de votre aimable coopération.


Research on trade unions and disability inclusion

The International Labour Organization is doing currently research on how trade unions have taken actions on disability issues around the world.

Activities might include providing services to workers with disabilities, mainstreaming disability in trade union activites, ensuring representation, and/or advocacy on disability issues.

Any contacts or information will be appreciated. Please contact the consultant supporting the research, Peter Fremlin, peter@desibility.org


New Resource Portal Launched

The new Global Disability Rights Now! website can be used by disabled people’s organizations (DPOs), government personnel, legislators, and civil society organizations around the world. A few examples of what one can find at the website:

  • “Principles” of disability rights that illustrate common elements of effective laws around the world.
  • Tools and resources to put your plans “in practice”. For example, how to make trainings accessible, or how to implement disability inclusive education.
  • “Impact” stories reveal strategies used by people around the world to advance disability rights. For example, how a national cross-disability council was established in Myanmar and how indigenous peoples with disabilities in Mexico gained a voice in the United Nations.
  • The “law” section shares information on disability laws in Armenia, Kenya, Mexico, the United States, and Vietnam, as well as the CRPD.

And more! This is only the beginning.

Please visit the new website at www.GlobalDisabilityRightsNow.org. They welcome your feedback on how they can improve the website to better meet your needs.

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Zero Project featured in April edition of the UN Enable Newsletter

Our Zero Project call for policy nominations as well as the Zero Project Innovative Practice 2016 Wayfindr have been featured in the UN Enable Newsletter, which is prepared by the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (DSPD/DESA) with input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programmes, as well as from civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities.

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!

Previous editions of the newsletter can be found at: www.un.org/disabilities.

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Participate in the surveys of the OHCHR and the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities

You aare warmly invited to participate and to spread the following news!
Ms Catalina Devandas, Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities launched recently a questionnaire on disability-inclusive policies, in English, French and Spanish. The deadline to reply is 15 May 2016.

In addition, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is preparing a study on article 5 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The deadline to reply is 30 June 2016.

Konferenz für junge Frauen mit Behinderung 14-15. Mai 2016

Frau sein – frei sein – gemeinsam stark!

Österreichweite Konferenz für junge Frauen mit Behinderungen

14. – 15.05.2016 in Salzburg

Ziel der österreichweiten Konferenz ist es, junge Frauen mit Behinderungen im Alter zwischen 12 – 26 Jahren zu bestärken, ihren Wünschen und Bedürfnissen Ausdruck zu verleihen und einen Austausch zu ermöglichen – kurz, Empowering für Privat- und Berufsleben zu betreiben!

Die Teilnehmerinnen erwartet ein abwechslungsreiches Programm:

Am Samstag und Sonntag ist Zeit, mal was Neues auszuprobieren – in zahlreichen Workshopangeboten (Dance Ability – Wer atmen kann, kann tanzen!, Ich kann mich durch setzen – Selbstbehauptung, Deine Stimme wirkt, Wilde kleine Frau – ich forme mich selbst, Ich bin schön – Wohlfühlnachmittag, Mein Körper – mein bester Freund, ganz  Mädchen – ganz Frau, Singen ist Leben…) und einer Tanznacht setzen sie sich damit auseinander, wie es sich anfühlt, im eigenen Körper zuhause zu sein, mit allen Sinnen wahrzunehmen und welche Möglichkeiten es gibt, um ein positives Körpergefühl beizubehalten…

„Körper- und Selbstbewusst“ präsentieren die jungen Frauen am Sonntag  Nachmittag zum Abschluss das, was sie in den Workshops erarbeitet haben und was ihre Wünsche und Forderungen sind, ihren Freunden und Freund-innen, Eltern, LehrerInnen…. Es sind auch PolitikerInnen da, die wissen wollen, was für sie  wichtig ist – privat und beruflich.

Anmeldeschluss bis 04.05.2016 verlängert!

Anmeldeforumlar Konferenz für junge Frauen

 Detailinfos und Anmeldung www.salzburg.gv.at/make-it



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Zero Project launches call for nominations of Innovative Policies 2017 on Employment

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:

  • non-discrimination,
  • the transition from school to work,
  • technical and vocational 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,
  • career advancement,
  • part-time employment and other job arrangements,
  • supported employment,
  • coordination with other services (e.g. embedding employment specialists in clinical treatment teams),
  • peer support,
  • train-the trainer-programmes,
  • disability-inclusive social security or
  • certification of companies.


You know about an outstanding policy? Nominate it!


Submitting a nomination is easy:

Read the instructions first, complete the nomination form (also available in other languages) and then send the nomination form to: i.heindorf@zeroproject.org by May 15, 2016 (23:59 CET). UPDATE: We are still accepting nominations until mid-June!!


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!


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April issue of ENIL’s Independent Living News is out!

The April newsletter of Zero Project partner ENIL is now available online.

It most importantly informs about the activities planned for 5th May, which will be the 3rd European Independent Living Day! This is an annual day to raise awareness about the right to Independent Living, the importance it has for disabled people and how it allows us to live ordinary lives. Participate, also via Facebook!

It also contains information about:

  • ENIL Youth Network’s study session on sexuality and relationships that finished only some days ago,
  • the General Day of Discussion held by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 19th April, at which disability organisations, human rights groups, researchers and others came together at the United Nations in Geneva to discuss the States’ obligations under Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and much more.

Check it out online, it’s a good read!

WFC Council and staff AGM2016

New trainee position available in our Geneva team!

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:


  • Be a part of the Zero Project team
  • Research background information on disability law and policy (focus: Employment)
  • Liaise with contacts, project partners and media
  • Editorial work on website (WordPress) and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Youtube)
  • Report to the Supervisor


  • 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.heindorf@worldfuturecouncil.org. Subject heading: Human Rights Trainee and your name. Deadline: 18 May 2016. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Download Vacancy Announcement – Trainee