Zero Project Conference

Assistive Technology, Built Environment, Europe, Events, ICT, News, March 14 2018

Group Photo of some Participants of the Zero Project.

Zero Project Group Photo

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: From February 21st to the 23rd  of February, GAATES was actively engaged in the Zero Project Conference. The Zero Project is an initiative of the ESSL Foundation, with the mission of supporting the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for a world without barriers. Today, the Zero Project is composed of a network of 4,000 experts that represent over 150 countries.

Since 2010, the Zero Project Conference has brought together an expert Network, which includes representatives of International organizations, multinational companies, leading NGOs, and entrepreneurs — to highlight global innovative policies and practices that actively promote the principles enshrined in the CRPD. During each Conference, an Awards ceremony recognizes different international policies or practices that have improved the lives of persons with disabilities and lead to greater accessibility to the built and digital environment.

Photo of Dr Salem A. Alshafiei presenting on stage

Dr Salem A. Alshafiei

One of the policies recognized during this year’s Awards ceremony, was the Dubai Universal Accessibility Strategy and Action Plan (DUASAP)– a project in which GAATES was directly involved in the development of the policy. Stemming from the strategic goal of being full accessible by 2020, the Government of the Emirate of Dubai chose to collaborate with GAATES to develop the DUASAP that addressed the areas of legislation, governance and enforcement, retrofitting, capacity building and awareness-raising in the Emirate.

Dr Salem A. Alshafiei, of the General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai, accepted the award on behalf of the Emirate of Dubai and GAATES. We would like to thank him and the Government of Dubai for their commitment to accessibility, universal design and inclusion.

GAATES additionally organized a Forum on Urban Development, presented the International Certified Accessibility Consultant – Built Environment (ICAC-BE) Program and held our Annual General Meeting (AGM).

We would also like to welcome our newest Board member, Alireza Darvishy, who accepted his nomination formally during the AGM. We are looking forward to collaborating with Alireza and our dynamic members of the Board and Country Representative Program to further our mission and reach in 2018.

Photo of Tracey Shipman, Program Director of GAATES, presenting the International Certfied Accessibility Consultant-Built Environment (ICAC-BE) Program in a panel discussion during the Zero Project

Tracey Shipman presenting GAATES ICAC-BE Program at the Zero Project Conference

The days in Vienna went by fast but it was wonderful to connect with the GAATES family, share laughs, good food and plan our strategic objectives for our dynamic and impactful engagements this year!

Bis nächstes Jahr Zero Project


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