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 Accessible 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.
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)
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