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

UN Headquarter New York

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)

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