GAATES Participating at the Zero Project Conference 2015

Europe, News, February 21 2015

The Zero Project Report 2014 revealed “dispiriting results on emergency issues.” In recognition of this fact, The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) in collaboration with the Zero Project Conference will be hosting at session on Emergency Preparedness and Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR).

Zero Project logoThe vision of the Zero Project is to work for a world without barriers, according to the principles and Articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It does so by researching Innovative Practices and Innovative Polices worldwide that help to improve the lives of persons with disabilities, as well as researching social indicators that measure the implementation of the UN CRPD and the current situation in all countries of the world.

UN Consultation on Technology and Disability: Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction

GAATES will also be an active participant in the UN Consultation being held on Thursday, February 26 at 14:00h. GAATES 1st Vice President Aqeel Qureshi will be presenting, along with Natalia Ilieva (ABU), our partner organization in the development of the Guideline On Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction: Early Warning And Accessible Broadcasting.

This session is organized by SCRPD/DSPD/UNDESA in collaboration with the Zero Project to contribute to the upcoming third World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan (14-18 March 2015) this session will bring together leading global experts in technology, disability and development to the on-going work for a disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction framework.

How Disaster Risk Reduction and Fire and Life Safety is Disability-Inclusive

GAATES will be hosting a session on “How Disaster Risk Reduction and Fire and Life Safety is Disability-Inclusive” on February 26 at 15:40h.

The session will be moderated by GAATES President Mukhtar AlShibani with presentations by:

Betty Dion (GAATES),
Marnie Peters (GAATES),
Benjamin Dard (Christoffel-Blindenmission (CBM)),
Ase Kari Haugeto (The Delta Centre – Norway) and
CJ Walsh, FireOx International.

What is the Zero Project?

The Zero Project – For a World Without Barriers (, officially launched in 2011 by the Essl Foundation , advocates the rights of persons with disabilities internationally. With its global outreach, the Zero Project monitors the national implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and highlights innovative practices and policies. The project is organised in partnership with the World Future Council and the European Foundation Centre .

For more information on the programme or conference visit the Zero Project Conference 2015 .

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