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

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.


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

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.

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/

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!

 

This month’ issue of the United Nations Enable newsletter covers the ‪‎Zero Report and Conference 2016‬:

„Zero Project 2016 – Report and Conference
This year´s Zero Project Report 2016 gathered valuable data on the situation of persons with disabilities. Looking at 30 social indicators, the report provides a detailed picture of the implementation of the CRPD in 129 countries. Moreover, more than 3,000 people participated in the nomination of Innovative Practices and Policies. The Zero Project Conference 2016, convened by the Essl Foundation, the World Future Council and the European Foundation Centre at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria was held from 10-12 February 2016 and highlighted 98 Innovative Policies and Innovative Practices concerning Inclusive Education and/or ICTs from around the world. The Conference included 35 plenary sessions and workshops, and also an exhibition. More than 500 innovators from more than 70 countries attended. Download the Zero Project Report 2016. The theme of the 2017 report and conference will be employment that also calls for nominations.“

Make sure you get your copy by following this link

The early childhood period is considered to be the most important developmental phase which determines the well-being, quality of health, learning and social-emotional behaviour across the life span. Extensive research has shown that high quality early childhood intervention (ECI) services can change a child’s developmental trajectory and improve outcomes for children, families, and communities at large. Despite developments in the field, children with disabilities and their families are still confronted by barriers including inadequate legislation and policies, negative attitudes, inadequate services, and lack of accessible environments. In order to comply with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, national governments have the obligation to develop and put in place age-appropriate support for children with disabilities to enable their full enjoyment of rights on an equal basis with other children.

The overall conference objectives are to:

  • Provide a comprehensive overview on the state of play of early intervention in Europe and explore the challenges, needs and potential solutions in setting-up high quality community-based ECI services
  • Tackle important issues related to the setting-up of these services such as the deinstitutionalization process, family involvement, the training of staff and innovative ECI techniques and therapies
  • Showcase various models of good practices in ECI both through the plenary and workshop sessions
  • Discuss the development of national implementation strategies in regard to ECI
  • Offer recommendations addressed to various relevant stakeholders and decision-makers

Don’t miss out the pre-conference activities on the 20th of April!

A study-visit to a local early childhood intervention centre in Chisinau

The 2016 edition of the EASPD Project Development Workshop “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

For more information about the conference, visit the conference website or contact Adriana Popa at Adriana.popa@easpd.eu

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©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