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15th Sept. 2016, Hamburg: Discussing inclusive urban development

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.


Call for Nominations – Deadline extended until July 1!

We have extended the Deadline for the Call for Nomination on Innovative Practices until July 1!

The Zero Project team would like to invite you to nominate innovative practices concerning this year’s topics:

Employment, Work and Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Anyone can nominate any project, and self-nominations are also accepted!

If you have any questions or want a MS Word-Document to fill in, please don’t hesitate to contact us at office@zeroproject.org any time.

Submitting a nomination is easy by filling in the new Nomination-Online Tool – click HERE!

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Zero Project Calls for Nominations of Employment Practices – Deadline extended until July 1st

The Zero Project team invites leading experts and organizations to nominate innovative practices concerning this year’s topics:

Employment, Work and Vocational Education and Training (VET)


The “Innovative Practices 2017” will be selected by the Zero Project network of experts in a multistep process, and will be

–        featured in the Zero Project Report 2017;

–        their representatives will be invited to speak at the Zero Project Conference in Vienna (Austria) in February 2017.


Submitting a nomination is easy by filling in the (new) Nomination-Online Tool.

Click HERE

The deadline is extended until July 1, 2016.

Anyone can nominate any project. Self-nominations are also accepted!


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at office@zeroproject.org any time.


We are looking forward to receiving your nomination!

The Zero Project Team and Zero Project Partners

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June 14: Forum on Disability Inclusive and Accessible New Urban Agenda

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


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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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.

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.


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


Barclays launches a web portal on business and accessibility

http://famouslogos.net/images/barclays-logo.jpgIn order to help businesses  to meet the needs of disabled customers, Barclay recently launched a new web portal – www.barclayscorporate.com/accessibility

This new digital resource which will help enable businesses to learn how organisations have made the leap from a ‘tick the box’ attitude to accessibility, to one which seeks to innovate, inspire and engage.

A research was also commissioned by Barcklays in order to mesure the level of accessibility of 500 companies in the UK, and you can find the full findings here.


Job opportunity at Light for the World

Our partner Light for the World is currently looking for an International Director Communications. The person will be part of their International Management Team and will be responsible for an overarching communications strategy. The place of work is flexible, working language is English.

Interested candidates may also apply via their webpage: http://www.light-for-the-world.org/take-action/engage/