It is estimated that by 2050, 66% of the world’s population will be living in cities.  The United Nations’ Third Global Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development – Habitat III – will take place in October 2016 to review the progress, experience and lessons learnt in the past and to design a “New Urban Agenda”.

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 United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and its Division for Social Policy and Development is driving the process of bringing together and involving stakeholders with expertise on disability and accessibility in this key UN process defining the “New Urban Agenda”.

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.

Find here Concept note and tentative programme (as of 26 May)

More information can be found here

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.

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!

 

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 beginning of July!!

 

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 & Zero Project Partners

 

PS: Our call for nominations of Innovative Practices – projects, products, services, social enterprises, business strategies by private or nonprofit entities – has been published here.

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:

Responsibilities:

  • 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

Profile:

  • 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

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.

Browse through our exciting retrospective which is now online!

 

©Pepo Schuster, austrofocus.at

©Pepo Schuster, austrofocus.at

Internship

Organization “Zero Project”

We are looking for an intern who is available for approximately 25 hours/week and stays with us for at least 12 months (starting April 2016). Ideally a student or post-graduate student who is willing to join a highly motivated team with worldwide outreach who is ready to accept the challenges of a dynamic, fast developing project.

Location: Klosterneuburg/Lower Austria – Vienna

Detailled Information Internship

9 March 2016: Zero Project Report 2016 presented at the UN Human Rights Council

On the occasion of the 31st Human Rights Council, the Permanent Mission of Austria and the International Disability Alliance, together with the Permanent Missions of Australia, Canada, China, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand and Turkey, and the International Telecommunications Union, supported by the Zero Project, held a successful side event on “Inclusive Education and ICTs for All: Towards AccessiblZero Project Flyer HRC31e and Sustainable Societies”.

Which innovative practices and policies exist, and how best to cooperate to implement the CRPD?

Which ways forward to enhance the inclusion of the rights of persons with disabilities in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?

How to assure the right to inclusive education as enshrined in article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for all?

These are just a few of the questions that were discussed during the event, together with about 60 representatives of permanent missions to the UN, international organizations and NGOs.

EVENT PROGRAMME:

Chair:
H.E. Thomas HAJNOCZI, Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN in Geneva

Opening words:
Catalina DEVANDAS, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Speakers:
Jorge ARAYA, Secretary of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Overview and update on the draft General Comment on Inclusive Education

Ana Isabel RUIZ, Director for Education, Employment and Cultural Promotion, ONCE: Support for persons with disabilities to equally enjoy the right to education in mainstream schools, both in Spain and in Latin America (Speech, MS Word)

Ingrid HEINDORF, Geneva Coordinator, Zero Project/World Future Council: The Zero Project 2016 and its focus on Inclusive Education and ICTs for All (Presentation, PDF, ZPC2016 Retrospective)

Susan SCHORR, Head of Special Initiatives Division at ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, International Telecommunication Union: The role of public procurement in ensuring accessible ICTs for inclusive education (Presentation, PDF)

Nafisa BABOO, Senior Advisor on Inclusive Education, Light for the World: How can the SDG4 and the education 2030 framework for action ensure that persons with disabilities are not left behind again? (Speech, MS Word)

Interactive dialogue

Refreshments were served. Captioning was provided.

The event took place on 9th March 2016, at 12-2pm at Room XXI, Palais des Nations, at the United Nations Office in Geneva, and was webcasted via www.treatybodywebcast.org

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9 HE Hajnoczi, PR of Austria to UNOG, moderating HRC31 side event ©Jared Bloch 10 I. Heindorf, WFC, presents the Zero Project Report 2016 HRC31 ©Jared Bloch

 

 

 

 

 

8 Ingrid Heindorf, World Future Council, presents the Zero Project Report 2016 at a HRC 31 Side Event 4 Participants of HRC31 Side Event

 

 

 

 

 

5 Participants of HRC31 Side Event 1 Panel of HRC31 Side Event moderated by HE Hajnoczi, Permanent Representative of Austria

– East Asia Seminar on CRPD implementation and civil society –

On the 20 & 21 February, the Zero Project was in Tokyo, Japan to talk about the CRPD implementation and the role of civil society.

The event was organised by NAGASE Osamu, from the research Center for Ars Vivendi of Ritsumeikan University & the Professor MATSUI Akihiko, from the Graduate School of Economics of University of Tokyo.

The Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies of Zero Project which have been identified and awarded since 2013, originating in East Asia and Australia, were presented at University of Tokyo by Amelie SAUPE, Japan Representative of Zero Project. It was a great opportunity to further strenghthen and expand the network with experts of the East Asia region and to discuss future collaborations and potential partnership.

The event brought together speakers from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mongolia, South Korea and Australia. Their was about 100 participants ranging from civil society, goverment officials, academia and legal experts.

You can have a look at the full programme here.

Amelie Saupe presenting the Zero Project at the Tokyo University - 20 February 2016

Amelie Saupe presenting the Zero Project at the Tokyo University – 20 February 2016

Zero Project Report OutNow

This year´s Zero Project Report 2016 has gathered valuable data on the situation of persons with disabilities. Looking at 30 social indicators, it gives a detailed picture of the implementation of the UNCRPD in 129 countries. Moreover, more than 3,000 people nominated Innovative Practices and Policies, with about 150 experts from the Zero Project’s global network helping to identify the most innovative. Take a look at the report by downloading it from: Zero Project Report 2016 Barrier Free

Innovative Practices 2016

In Armenia, there is still a segregated approach to education of young people with disabilities, like in most countries of the world, but “Bridge of Hope” is about to change this by supporting mainstream schools and training their teachers in inclusive education methods. Today, already 2,200 children with disabilities receive their education in inclusive schools.
Another Innovative Practice, from our total of 86, is the AccessText Network, which links American universities to nearly all American post-secondary publishers. This allows publishers to provide textbooks to students with disabilities in an accessible format and timely manner while also reducing costs. Find all 86 Innovative Practices at: http://zeroproject.org/practice-type/innovative-practices-2016-on-education-and-ict/

LiveStream by VerbaVoice

The Zero Project Conference 2016 is taking place from 10th to 12th February in Vienna, focusing on „Inclusive Education and Information and Communication Technology.“ 500 leading experts and decision makers with and without disabilities will participate, presenting and discussing Innovative Practices and Policies. An accessible livestream of every session in the plenary room, with live captioning, is available online from Feb 10, 1 p.m. CET. Tune in at: http://webplayer.verbavoice.tv/webplayer/zero/Main.html