The Zero Project was invited to join an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on disability data and statistics in Paris, from 8th to 10th July 2014. Over 25 global experts working on disability research, data and information participated in the meeting. The Zero Project was represented by Michael Fembek – Head of the Zero Project.

The meeting covered two priority issues.


Priority 1

The first day focussed on discussions to improve international comparability of disability data and statistics, which resulted in specific recommendations for the United Nations system.


Priority 2

The second day of discussions involved a review of the goals and targets in the zero draft of the sustainable development goals produced by the Open Working Group(OWG), with a view to assess ways the emerging development framework could ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities.


This EGM was organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).