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Nominations Open for 2018 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards

Americas, Events, News, September 10 2018

ALBERTSON, NY, USA: Viscardi Center has announced an official call for nominations for the 2018 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards, an international award series recognizing exemplary men and women with disabilities. Recipients will be honored at a ceremony at the Mutual of America Building in New York City on December 4. The Henry… Continue Reading »

Leonard Cheshire Launches Disability Data Portal With DFID

Americas, News, September 6 2018

Speakers sitting on stage at the Global Disability Summit

INTERNATIONAL: Leonard Cheshire and the Department for International Development (DFID) launched a data portal at the Global Disability Summit on 24 July. Inconsistent or poor-quality data has long hampered the progress of development efforts to improve the lives of people with disabilities. The Leonard Cheshire Disability Portal will tackle gaps in data and provide… Continue Reading »

New Webinar! Sustainable Development Goals in the UN Regions: The Engagement of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities

Events, News, Webinar, September 5 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The European Disability Forum (EDF) is delighted to announce its new webinar on Tuesday, 11th September on the Sustainable Development Goals. DATE: Tuesday, 11th September 2018 TIME: 16:00pm – 17:00pm, Belgium time Everyone is encouraged to register! Speaker and content Orsolya Bartha, Senior Advisor at International Disability Alliance, will be… Continue Reading »

From Robotic Vision to Instant Internet: ETRI Showcases Five Consumer Electronic Technologies of the Future

Asia-Pacific, Europe, Events, News, September 5 2018

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BERLIN, GERMANY: Korean researchers will demonstrate how to transmit data faster than the blink of an eye at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA), the world’s largest trade fair for consumer electronics, taking place in Berlin, Germany from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5. High-speed cloud service, robotic vision, and harmful media detection… Continue Reading »

2019 Obama Foundation Fellowship Application is Live!

Americas, News, September 4 2018

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA: The Obama Foundation Fellowship is a two-year, non-residential program that offers hands-on training, resources, and leadership development to help Fellows scale the impact of their work. Fellows participate in four multi-day gatherings where they collaborate with each other, connect with potential partners, and collectively push their work… Continue Reading »

Qaderoon Network Offers its Services to All Businesses

Middle East, News, September 4 2018

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SAUDI ARABIA: Qaderoon Network launched its new services to its members and non-member organizations as part of its efforts to encourage businesses to include persons with disabilities on a wider scale in the business market. Additionally, this provides the best services and enrich the journey of businesses in the development of persons… Continue Reading »

South Asia’s Transport Corridors Can Become Engines of Growth

Asia-Pacific, News, Transportation, September 3 2018

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WASHINGTON, USA: Transport corridors offer enormous potential to boost South Asia’s economic growth, reduce poverty, and spur job creation, provided the new trade routes spread their benefits broadly and limit negative environmental impacts, says a new World Bank report. The report The Web of Transport Corridors in South Asia — jointly produced with… Continue Reading »

ICLEI Report Shines Spotlight on Urban Resilience

Built Environment, Europe, News, September 3 2018

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BONN, GERMANY: ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability has published the 2018 edition of its ‘Resilient Cities Report.’ The publication reflects on developments in urban resilience and climate change adaptation, and elaborates on specific tools, initiatives, case studies and solutions presented at the 9th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, building on… Continue Reading »

CRPD Committee Opens its 20th Session

Europe, Events, News, August 31 2018

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND:  The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities opened its 20thsession starting on August 27th, 2018; during which it will review Algeria, Bulgaria, Malta, Philippines, Poland, South Africa and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. It will also initiate the second cycle of review under the simplified reporting procedure by adopting list of… Continue Reading »

World Bank Group Provides Update on Activities to Implement 2030 Agenda

News, August 31 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The World Bank Group has provided an overview of its work on each of the 17 SDGs. The second edition of its publication titled, ‘Implementing the 2030 Agenda,’ outlines the Group’s work on sustainable development, mapped to the Global Goals, and offers a snapshot of projects at local,… Continue Reading »

New York Becomes the First City in the Nation to Offer ASL Direct to Deaf and Hard of Hearing New Yorkers

Americas, News, Universal Design, August 29 2018

NEW YORK, USA: On March 2nd, 2018, the de Blasio administration announced that New Yorkers who primarily communicate via American Sign Language can now obtain City services faster and more efficiently through the use of ASL Direct, becoming the first city in the nation to offer the service. The Mayor’s Office for… Continue Reading »

World Bank Prices First Global Blockchain Bond, Raising A$110 Million

Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, News, August 29 2018

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WASHINGTON/SYDNEY: The World Bank launched bond-i (blockchain operated new debt instrument), the world’s first bond to be created, allocated, transferred and managed through its life cycle using distributed ledger technology. The two-year bond raised A$110 million, marking the first time that investors have supported the World Bank’s development activities in a transaction… Continue Reading »

How Art Can Be Made More Accessible For Partially Sighted People

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, August 28 2018

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ONTARIO, CANADA: Ontario alone has over 100 art galleries, and they’re by far some of the best in the world. With the National Gallery and the National Arts Centre located right here in Ottawa, meanwhile, people from all across Canada flock here to see amazing art. But as the Canadian National Institute… Continue Reading »

UN-AU Conference Showcases ICT Innovations to Attract Youth to Agriculture

Africa, Events, ICT, News, August 28 2018

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AFRICA: A two-day conference on youth employment in agriculture has highlighted opportunities to tap the potential of Africa’s vast youth population to contribute to sustainable development of the continent. With an estimated 60% of Africa’s 1.2 billion population being under the age of 25, the discussions underscored the need to… Continue Reading »

“Hands to Discover” Leads the Way in Accessibility for Travelers

Europe, News, Tourism, August 27 2018

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PORTUGAL; EUROPE: Offering tailor-made information and on-site services for the hearing-impaired can ensure deaf people access to the universal right to travel with no barriers to accessibility, but one can find such services in few countries. Meanwhile, in Portugal one online platform is leading the way. Have you wondered what… Continue Reading »

DEADLINE AUGUST 31ST – Invitation to join The Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation

Asia-Pacific, News, August 27 2018

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GUANGZHOU, CHINA: The Guangzhou Award is co-sponsored by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the World Association of the Major Metropolises (Metropolis) and the City of Guangzhou in China. It aims at recognizing innovative initiatives that bring forth social, economic and environmental sustainability in cities and regions and, in… Continue Reading »

New Study Focuses on Risk Aversion to Understand Why Some People Flee Conflict, While Others Don’t

Americas, Disaster, News, August 26 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC: Despite growing numbers of people that are forcibly displaced due to conflict, the reality is that many do not flee and continue to live under difficult circumstances. To understand how people make this choice, a new World Bank working paper, “Risk Preferences and the Decision to Flee Conflict,”… Continue Reading »

Building Resilient Transport in Sao Paulo Brazil: $300 Million in Sustainable Development Bonds

Americas, News, Transportation, August 25 2018

BRAZIL: The State of Sao Paulo accounts for 33% of Brazil’s total GDP; its 41 million inhabitants have the highest per capital income in the country.Yet, the state still faces excessive economic concentration near the main cities, an overused road network prone to congestion, accidents, and vulnerable to natural disasters; and… Continue Reading »

South African SDG Hub Reports on National Implementation

Africa, August 22 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The South African SDG Hub released a report on challenges and opportunities related to SDG implementation in the country. The report highlights a number of issues relevant to implementing the SDGs in South Africa, from partnerships and tools to the role of science, technology and innovation (STI). The… Continue Reading »

HLPF Concludes with Vote on Ministerial Declaration, Concerns about “Power of Mandate” and Those Left Behind

Americas, Events, August 21 2018

NEW YORK, USA: The UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) concluded its 2018 meeting by voting to adopt a Ministerial Declaration on the theme, ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.’ The eight-day session also: heard 46 countries’ Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), highlighting plans and efforts to implement the SDGs;… Continue Reading »