• Asia-Pacific

    CALLING FOR INPUTS for the Official Submission of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities to HLPF 2019

    INTERNATIONAL: Each year the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities submits a sectoral position paper to the High-level Political Forum (HLPF). This year, our submission to the 2019 HLPF will have the overarching theme of “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring their inclusiveness and equality with others”. The submission will consist of 5 chapters around… Continue Reading »

    Launch of Mobile App To Teach Comprehensive Sexuality Education to Persons with Disabilities

    INDIA: A self-paced online course in Comprehensive Sexuality Education for Persons with Disabilities has been launched by Cross the Hurdles. This is first of its kind of initiative in India. The mobile App named Courses at Cross the Hurdles-A Free Learning App (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wCoursesCrosstheHurdlesAFreeLeaningApp_7827004&hl=en), is on Google Play Store. It also has a desktop website (www.onlinecourses@crossthehurdles.org ).… Continue Reading »

    UN Report Finds Inclusion Gaps for People with Disabilities

    INTERNATIONAL: The UN released its first-ever report on persons with disabilities and the SDGs, finding persons with disabilities continue to face numerous barriers to their full inclusion and participation in the life of their communities. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched the report during the commemoration of the International Day of Persons… Continue Reading »

    UN Promotes Technological Developments for SDGs

    INTERNATIONAL: The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution asking key UN bodies for updated findings on the impact of key technological changes vis-a-vis the 2030 Agenda, for discussion at the fourth annual UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI Forum). The UN also recently announced that over half the world is using… Continue Reading »

    UN Universal Health Coverage Day – December 12, 2018

    INTERNATIONAL: Please join AARP, HelpAge International, UN DESA, and WHO for the launch of Global AgeWatch Insights: The right to health for older people, the right to be counted The Global AgeWatch Insights report is a joint initiative of HelpAge and AARP. Launches of the Global AgeWatch Insights report and of the 12 country profiles… Continue Reading »

    Disability rights advocate and GAATES Vice-President Vashkar Bhattacharjee (Bangladesh) receives UNESCO award

    Disability rights advocate and GAATES’ Vice-President, Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee (Bangladesh) has been awarded the UNESCO/Emir Al Ahmad al Jaber Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities 2018 at UNESCO, Paris, France on Monday, 3 December 2018. Mr. Bhattacharjee is a leading advocate who collaborates with local, national, and international partners to produce resources to… Continue Reading »

    First Report on Persons with Disabilities and the SDGs

    INTERNATIONAL: “Societies will never achieve the SDGs without the full participation of everyone, including people with disabilities. We cannot afford to ignore or marginalize the contributions of 1.5 billion people,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres earlier this year. Yet, in many countries, essential services for persons with disabilities are unavailable, or of poor quality. Data… Continue Reading »

    Breaking the Internet — for a Good Cause

    DENMARK: In support of ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ (IDPD), on Monday, December 3, 2018, Siteimprove, a global Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company empowering digital teams to create inclusive websites, will break its own website. In effect, Siteimprove will disable style sheets, images, and JavaScript across its homepages to show visitors how a person using a… Continue Reading »

    Launch of Global Survey on DPO Participation in Development Programmes and Policies

    INTERNATIONAL: On Monday, 3rd December, 2018, the IDA announced the first ever IDA Global Survey to Monitor DPO Participation in Development Policies and Programmes.    The IDA Global Survey is available online on the following link: http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/global-survey   The deadline to fill the Survey is the 16th December 2018. What is the IDA Global Survey: This is the first ever accountability… Continue Reading »