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.

Captioning was provided and the discussion was webcasted via www.treatybodywebcast.org

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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


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