17th March 2017: Zero Project Report 2017 presented at the UN Human Rights Council
On the occasion of the 34th Human Rights Council, the Permanent Mission of Austria and the International Disability Alliance, together with the Permanent Missions of Australia, Ecuador, Finland, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and Thailand, supported by the Zero Project, held a successful side event on Skills development and economic empowerment: Towards inclusive, sustainable development for all.
The event, which included powerful interventions by two youth leaders on the importance of vocational training and work, presented innovative solutions that advance access to inclusive and quality skills development and employment, and explored ways on how to strengthen work and cooperation towards “a world without barriers”.
Attended by about 40 representatives from permanent missions, international organisations and NGOs, the side event took place on 17th March 2017, at 1-3pm at Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, at the United Nations Office in Geneva.
Opening of the side event by H.E. Hajnoczi, Permanent Representative of Austria to UNOG
Fernanda Almeida, RIADIS, shares her personal experience on the barriers she faces as person with autism when accessing vocational training and the labour market
Virginia Carcedo Illera, CEO and General Manager of Inserta Empleo, presents the exemplary work of her organization that functions as bridge between jobseekers with disabilities and companies
Matthieu Chatelin, EDF Youth, shares his personal experience on the barriers he faces as person with physical disability when accessing the labour market and when traveling to other countries for work reasons
Stefan Trömel, Senior Disability Specialist of the International Labour Organization, talks about the role employment services can play to enhance the access of persons with disabilities to skills development and the labour market
Ingrid Heindorf, Head of Zero Project Policy Research and Conference Organisation, World Future Council, presents key findings of the Zero Project Report and Conference 2017
HE Arturo Cabrera, Alternate Permanent Representative of Ecuador to UNOG, speaks from the floor to share a gift with participants, a beautiful book published by the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Disability and Accessibility entitled “A Chant for Life. Ten years of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”
Side event participants: Representatives of permanent missions, international organisations and NGOs
Side event participants: Representatives of permanent missions, international organisations and NGOs
This conference focused on five topics around inclusion: Four of them belong to the main focus areas of the Zero Project (Employment, Accessibility, Independent Living and Education) and the fifth one concerned awareness raising. Each topic was presented in more detail during a working group session, which were co-directed by an educational specialists. Educational specialists are people with disabilities who qualified to work as university lecturers on the topic of disabilities (to learn more about the Zero Project Innovative Practice 2017, visit this page)
Thanks to the kind invitation of Dr. Jan Wulf Schnabel from the Institute for Inclusive Education, Ingrid Heindorf, Zero Project Head of Policy Research and Conference Organization, gave a keynote speech on the Zero Project’s work, the UN CRPD and the awarded Innovative Policies and Innovative Practices.
17 March 2017: Zero Project Report 2017 presented at the UN Human Rights Council
On the occasion of the 34th Human Rights Council, the Permanent Mission of Austria and the International Disability Alliance, together with the Permanent Missions of Australia, Ecuador, Finland, Italy, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, and Thailand, supported by the Zero Project, will hold a side event on “Skills development and economic empowerment: Towards inclusive, sustainable development for all”.
How to assure the right to inclusive vocational education and training as well as employment as enshrined in article 27 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? Which innovative practices and policies exist, and how to best cooperate to implement them? Which ways forward to enhance the inclusion of the rights of persons with disabilities in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? These are just a few of the questions that will be discussed during the event, together with about 50 representatives of permanent missions to the UN, international organizations and NGOs.
Chair: H.E. Thomas HAJNOCZI, Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN in Geneva
Opening words (via video): Shuaib CHALKLEN, Founder and Chairperson of the African Disability Forum and World Future Councillor
Speakers: Fernanda ALMEIDA, President of the National Federation of Persons with Autism from Brazil and member of RIADIS: Concrete experience from youth with disabilities from Latin America
Virginia CARCEDO ILLERA, CEO and General Manager, Inserta Empleo: How human resources services can empower jobseekers with disabilities (PDF)
Matthieu CHATELIN, Cerebral Palsy European Communities’ Association and youth leader of the European Disability Forum: Concrete experience from youth with disabilities from Europe
Ingrid HEINDORF, Head of Zero Project Policy Research & Conference Organisation, World Future Council: For a labour market without barriers. The Zero Project Report and Conference 2017 (PPT, PDF)
Stefan TRÖMEL, Senior Disability Specialist, International Labour Organization: Promoting disability inclusion in mainstream vocational training and employment services
Kindly note that a valid UN accreditation for the 34th HRC session is needed to attend the event. Please notify the organizers at least 3 working days before the event (14th March) should you need accreditation to access the Palais des Nations, by sending your full name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Zero Project has published its current research on employment and vocational education & training: 56 Innovative Practices and 11 Innovative Policies have been given awards as Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies of the Zero Project 2017. In addition, Zero Project Social Indicators measure the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) in 120 countries, with a focus on employment (as defined in Article 27)
The Zero Project has started its second four-year research cycle and revisits employment – first covered in 2013. 260 practices and 48 policies were nominated by the Zero Project network of 3,000 experts, both with and without disabilities. Network members were also involved in evaluating, shortlisting, and voting for the most outstanding models using the criteria of innovation, impact and scalability. All Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies are now fully searchable, as is the project’s full database, using the new search algorithm on the Zero Project website – https://zeroproject.org.
The Zero Project Report also includes Social Indicators that measure the implementation of the UN CRPD in 120 countries, using a survey that was completed by experts, both with and without disabilities, from the partner networks of DPI, World Federation of the Deaf, World Blind Union, and EASPD. The Social Indicators paint quite bleak pictures, especially when it comes to the availability of data regarding the employment of persons with disabilities. They do, however, also highlight some notable exceptions.
The Social Indicators cover, in addition, Goal 8 of the SDGs: the survey asked about the availability of data regarding employment of young people with disabilities, and about data on people living in institutions.
Most of the award winners will be present at the Zero Project Conference 2017 to receive their awards personally. The Zero Project Conference can be viewed on a live-webstream and there are several other accessibility features. Details will be announced soon.
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.
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 purpose of the public hearing is to allow the EMPL Members to obtain the views of experts with regard to the very complex and wide-ranging proposal currently under discussion, its expected impact on the social inclusion of persons with disabilities and its broader implications for the stakeholders concerned.
The draft programme of the hearing taking place on 26th September 2016, 15.00 – 16.00, in Room: PHS 1A002 at the European Parliament in Brussels, is as follows:
Introduction by the Chair:Mr Thomas Händel, MEP
Presentations by the experts:
Ms Ingrid Heindorf – Zero Project, Head of Policy Research and Conference Organisation, World Future Council (DOC)
Mr David Capozzi – US Access Board, Executive Director (PDF)
Ms Sabine Lobnig – Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF), Deputy Director Communications & Regulations (PPT)
Ms Anna Lawson – University of Leeds, Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Disability Studies (DOC)
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.