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 email@example.com
Our Innovative Practice 2014, Hamburg’s citizens forum for all (Bürgerforum „Eine Mitte für Alle“), will meet again on 15th September 2016 to discuss the topic of social infrastructure, in order to make visible its key features, to incentivize cooperation and to explore potential gaps.
In cooperation with the relevant authority the forum has also elaborated criteria for the controlling of accessibility and inclusion projects, which will be presented and discussed.
Due to the international attention the forum has received since receiving our award in 2014, its staff has now published a translation of its working paper “Objectives and Steps for Inclusive Urban Planning Mitte Altona”, which can be accessed here.
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 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.
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!
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:
the transition from school to work,
technical andvocational 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,
part-time employment and other job arrangements,
coordination with other services (e.g. embedding employment specialists in clinical treatment teams),
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!
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!