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For Tongans, a Secure Way to Send Money Home is Priceless

Asia-Pacific, ICT, News, July 9 2018

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TONGA: Working overseas is tough. But it can be even tougher for workers trying to send their hard-earned money back home to help relatives. Sione Tau, a Tongan who has been picking strawberries in New Zealand for eight seasons, knows this all too well. Until recently, he had to navigate… Continue Reading »

ODI Examines ‘Leave No One Behind’ Reflections in VNRs

Americas, News, July 9 2018

Photo of the flags hanging in Myanmar Plaza, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) Photo by Kaung Myat Min on Unsplash

INTERNATIONAL: Analysts from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) report that they are encouraged by countries’ engagement with the Voluntary National Review (VNR) process so far, even though the presentations made at the 2016 and 2017 sessions of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), for the most part,… Continue Reading »

A New Decade for the CRPD: Partnerships for Inclusive & Sustainable Development

Americas, Events, News, July 5 2018

Photo of the Artificial Intelligence 2030 Event at the UN, with (starting left to right) Senator Chantal Petitclerc of Canada, H.E Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh of the UAE, and Dr Victor Pineda. With sign language interpreter, and Ghasaq Yousif Shaheen of the UAE.

NEW YORK, USA: From June 11th till the 14th, GAATES actively participated in the 11th Session of the Conference of States Parties (CoSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in New York City. The events at this year’s CoSP were universal and looking towards the future… Continue Reading »

Antalya Stays on Track for Sustainable Growth

Middle East, News, Transportation, July 5 2018

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ANTALYA, TURKEY: Historic buildings and over 600 kilometers of sandy beaches make the city of Antalya one of Turkey’s most popular tourist destinations. But a population boom is threatening to overwhelm the city’s transportation system—and dilute its image as a jewel of the Mediterranean. To strengthen Antalya’s sustainable future, the municipal… Continue Reading »

New Road Fuels Kazakhstan’s National Priorities

Europe, Middle East, News, Transportation, July 5 2018

ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN: Even though Almaty is no longer the capital of Kazakhstan—the seat of government shifted north two decades ago—it has remained the nation’s financial hub, the largest city, and a magnet for tourists and business travelers from the around the world. As a result, Almaty is also known for its… Continue Reading »

mEducation Alliance Symposium (Nov 6-8th, D.C.) Call for Presentation Proposals now open

Americas, Events, News, July 3 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA: The Mobiles for Education Alliance (mEducation Alliance) will host the 8th Annual mEducation Alliance Symposium from November 6–8, 2018 to share ideas and launch new partnerships that advance the use of technology, particularly in lower resource countries/context, in the education field. They invite your presentation submission and your assistance in helping… Continue Reading »

Namibia, Switzerland Share Preview of VNR, All 47 Main Messages Available

Events, News, July 3 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: All 47 countries that plan to present voluntary national reviews (VNRs) during the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) have released their “main messages,” providing an overview of SDG action and plans, and progress and challenges with SDG implementation. Main messages for Namibia… Continue Reading »

C40, UCCRN and Partners Quantify, Sound Alarm on Climate Threats to Urban Residents

Americas, July 2 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: Cities and partners have issued a joint technical report, highlighting data analyses and case studies developed by the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN). It calls attention to urbanization trends, particularly in Asia and Africa, and illustrates the breadth and magnitude of climate change impacts on cities. The first global-scale… Continue Reading »

HLPF Blog Posts Highlight Smart Cities, DRR, Inclusivity in SDG Implementation

News, Universal Design, July 2 2018

Yanghwa Bridge in Seoul, South Korea

INTERNATIONAL: María Soledad Cisternas Reyes, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, has called for planning and participative management in all countries to address the needs of the 15% of the world’s population with physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments. Writing on the blog published in the lead-up to… Continue Reading »

Career-Focused Education Delivers More than a Degree

Africa, ICT, News, June 29 2018

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Saarah Saint had almost everything a young South African needs to be successful: a strong work ethic, professional ambition, and creativity. But the one thing she didn’t yet have—a higher education degree—threatened to derail her plans for a career in advertising. Johannesburg’s Vega School, which prepares its… Continue Reading »

Blockchain Summit Explores New Technologies’ Potential for SDGs

Assistive Technology, ICT, News, June 29 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: Industry stakeholders representing the “blockchain ecosystem” discussed social innovation, fair and consistent public policy, and responsible guidelines for industry governance, during the first summit on blockchain held on the UN premises. The Blockchain for Impact Global Summit took place on 4 June 2018, in New York, US. Blockchain for… Continue Reading »

DESA Announces 16 Members of High-level Advisory Board

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, June 29 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs announced the membership of the UN High-Level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs, which was established following a request from the UN Secretary-General as part of reforms to the UN development system. The 16 members of the HLAB include… Continue Reading »

Oxford County and Eight Municipalities Co-Innovate Using CSDC’s Amanda Platform

Assistive Technology, News, Universal Design, June 27 2018

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WOODSTOCK, OXFORD COUNTY, ONTARIO, CANADA:  (June 12, 2018)  Municipal leaders in Oxford County, Ontario, plan to manage and attract growth by leveraging CSDC’s powerful Amanda platform as a shared service. By doing so, they will streamline permitting, inspections and land management operations across eight municipalities to help drive efficiencies and… Continue Reading »

June 2018 Entrepreneurs Conference “From Start-up Nation to Impact Nation”

Events, ICT, Middle East, June 26 2018

Moshe Gaon, Founder and CEO of yoocan technologies Photo: Orel Cohen, Calcalist

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL: The June 2018 Entrepreneurs Conference “From Start-up Nation to Impact Nation” featured a students’ Assistive Technologies competition where Moshe Gaon, Founder and CEO of yoocan technologies was invited to judge and shared his vision about impact investments and the social impact tech world. “Social investment models have enormous economic… Continue Reading »

Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of ALIMCO’s State-of-the-Art Limb Fitting Center and Auxiliary Production Unit

Asia-Pacific, Events, News, June 25 2018

Haryana Chief Minister addresses the gathering on the occasion of foundation stone laying ceremony of Auxiliary Production Unit and state of the art Artificial Limbs Fitting Centre of ALIMCO

NAWADA, FARIDABAD, INDIA: Chief Minister of Haryana Shri Manohar Lal and Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar laid the foundation stone for establishment of State-of-the-Art Rehabilitation Center for Fitment of Artificial Limbs and an Auxillary Production Unit of Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India… Continue Reading »

Experts Discuss Effective Multi-stakeholder Partnerships Ahead of SDG 17 Review

News, Universal Design, June 25 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: Representatives of governments, the UN system, private sector and civil society exchanged experiences and lessons learned on partnerships, during a preparatory meeting for the review of SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) at the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The expert group… Continue Reading »

GAATES Design of Public Spaces Course Re-launched!

Americas, Built Environment, News, June 22 2018


ONTARIO, CANADA: The Global Alliance for Assistive Technology and Environments (GAATES) has re-launched the Design of Public Spaces (DOPS) online course to a new platform housed on the GAATES website at http://courses.gaates.org This accessible online course provides a comprehensive orientation to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Accessibility Standard… Continue Reading »

Co-facilitators Issue Draft Elements for Aligning UNGA, ECOSOC with 2030 Agenda

Americas, News, June 22 2018

NEW YORK, USA: The co-facilitators on aligning UN intergovernmental bodies with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development have proposed continuing the consultation process in the UNGA’s 73rd session, noting that it should ensure that intergovernmental bodies adequately cover the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Goals and targets. The ideas were… Continue Reading »

SDG Report 2018 Finds Conflict, Climate Change, Inequality Hindering Progress

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, June 22 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The UN has launched the 2018 version of the yearly Sustainable Development Goals Report. It finds that conflict, climate change and inequality are major factors in growing hunger and displacement, and are hindering progress towards the SDGs. The report highlights positive progress on the proportion of people living below… Continue Reading »

Call for NEW Applications to Attend the Civil Society Forum

Europe, Events, June 21 2018

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LONDON: International Disability Alliance is now accepting NEW applications for individuals interested in attending the Civil Society Forum (referred to as Forum), being held on 23 July 2018, in conjunction with and one day prior to the Global Disability Summit.   This call is for individuals that are not already invited… Continue Reading »