Month: April 2018

Call for Proposals: Using Technology to Accelerate Teacher Professional Development

INTERNATIONAL: Please see here for a call for proposals to use technology to accelerate teacher professional development towards achieving SDG 4: Landscape review and research agenda. This research should include approaches that meet the diverse needs of teachers’ professional development (TPD), including for teachers with disabilities. As well, this should include research on TPD content to prepare… Continue Reading »

Call for Submissions: Consultations of the Committee with NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC

NEW YORK, USA: The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), is holding consultations with organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC to discuss questions of interest to the Committee or to the organizations relating to the relationship between the NGOs and the United Nations in line with paragraph 61 (a) of ECOSOC resolution 1996/31. The ground-breaking consultations… Continue Reading »

Tool Reveals Links Between Human Rights Recommendations, SDG Targets

DENMARK: The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) has launched the UPR-SDG Data Explorer, which uses an algorithm to automatically identify links between the SDG targets and recommendations from the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The tool aims to facilitate follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda at the global, regional and… Continue Reading »

Asia-Pacific Business Forum Urges Regulation of Technologies, Financing Models

HONG KONG, CHINA: The Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) highlighted the need for massive investment to achieve the SDGs, and the potential for emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) to produce social and economic benefits. Participants noted, however, that appropriate regulation should be put in place to ensure, for example, adequate cybersecurity and equitable access… Continue Reading »

1 June 2018 is the Deadline to Apply for Consultative Status with the United Nations

INTERNATIONAL: 1 June 2018 is the last day for Non-Governmental Organizations to apply for consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), in order to have an opportunity to take part in UN deliberations. ECOSOC consultative status is governed by ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, which outlines the eligibility requirements for consultative status, rights and obligations… Continue Reading »

Successful Launch of GAATES’ International Certification of Accessibility Consultants – Built Environment (ICAC-BE) Program

INTERNATIONAL: Receive recognition as an internationally certified accessibility consultant! In it’s first quarter of operations, ICAC-BE program candidates’ submitted credentials in January 2018 for review and evaluation by GAATES’ Expert Panel. GAATES is pleased to announce the first round of successful program applicants are: Level 3 Expert Accessibility Consultant Marnie Peters – Canada Colette Fransolet… Continue Reading »

GAATES Elects Professor Alireza Darvishy to its Board

INTERNATIONAL: GAATES is please to announce and introduce our new Board member, Professor Alireza Darvishy. Prof. Darvishy holds a PhD in computer science and he has been committed to accessibility for over 20 years. He is a professor at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, where he serves as the head of the ICT Accessibility… Continue Reading »

Resource Watch Facilitates Data Access and SDG Monitoring

INTERNATIONAL: The World Resources Institute (WRI) and over 30 partners have released the beta version of Resource Watch. This online platform brings together hundreds of data sets to facilitate users’ efforts to evaluate and visualize the state of the environment at local, national and global levels. The platform offers dashboards and alerts to help users… Continue Reading »

2018 HLPF: Call for expert speakers from Major Groups and other Stakeholders – Deadline 13th May

NEW YORK, USA: The 2018 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will be held at UNHQ in New York from 9 to 18 July 2018 under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. The theme for the session will be Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies. More information is available at The 2018 HLPF Draft… Continue Reading »

Myopia Control Lens Awarded the Championship in Geneva’s Invention Expo

HONG KONG, CHINA: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has brought glory to Hong Kong by winning 9 prizes, namely the Grand Prize (overall championship), one Grand Award, three Special Gold Medals, and four Gold Medals, at the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva. Covering a wide range of application areas, these breakthroughs not only expand… Continue Reading »