• Built Environment

    WIPO Illustrates How Innovation, Intellectual Property Can Support SDGs

    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has highlighted how diffusion of innovative technologies can play a critical role in achieving many of the SDGs. The publication describes the relationship between intellectual property, innovation and the SDGs, and showcases examples of WIPO’s contributions to the SDGs. SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) explicitly recognizes… Continue Reading »

    People with Disability at Risk of Being Pigeon-holed by Supported Employment Reform

    AUSTRALIA: The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) called on Federal Minister Dan Tehan in July to ensure that the current Inquiry into the Future of Supported Employment increases engagement with people with disability and their representative organisations to increase full inclusion and real employment outcomes for people with disability. ‘We are extremely concerned that the process… Continue Reading »

    The World Federation of the Deafblind has Launched the Initial Global Report on the Situation and Rights of Persons with Deaf-blindness.

    INTERNATIONAL: Representing between 0.2% to 2% of the population, persons with deaf-blindness are a very diverse yet hidden group and are, overall, more likely to be poor and unemployed, and with lower educational outcomes. Because deaf-blindness is less well-known and often misunderstood, people struggle to obtain the right support, and are often excluded from both… Continue Reading »

    UN Secretary-General Releases Strategy for Financing 2030 Agenda

    NEW YORK, USA: The UN Secretary-General has released a four-year strategy for financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Strategy underscores the UN’s critical role in supporting and accelerating the mobilization of finance and focuses on three objectives to accelerate progress from global to local levels, linked to areas where the Secretary-General’s leadership can… Continue Reading »

    Are Smart Cities The Future Of Humanity?

    INTERNATIONAL: Digital technology has provided society with hundreds of advances that make life easier and better for everyone. From the personal computer to the internet to the smartphone to the Internet of Things, we are increasingly living in a technologically driven world. But what if those technologies were bound together and used to build a… Continue Reading »

    Smart Cities for All launches Project to Define More Inclusive Approach to Innovation for Smarter Cities

    WASHINGTON, DC – Washington, DC –  The Smart Cities for All global initiative, a collaboration of G3ict and World Enabled, two nonprofits with a history of leadership in inclusive, accessible design, launched a new project, Inclusive Innovation for Smarter Cities. The project is convening leaders from government, industry, and disability organizations to generate new knowledge and tools that… Continue Reading »

    How Technology is Assisting Seniors to ‘Age in Place’

    INTERNATIONAL: The latest statistics show that people are living longer in virtually every country in the world, with the over 60 age group growing faster than any other cohort. The aging global population is altering many aspects of society, none more so than housing.  When quizzed about their preferred living arrangements, the overwhelming majority of over 60’s… Continue Reading »

    OECD, UNEP and World Bank Preview Report, Discuss Financing Climate Futures

    NEW YORK, USA: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) and the World Bank Group hosted a discussion on the joint initiative, ‘Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure.’ The event, convened during Global Goals Week, previewed a synthesis report on ways in which countries can deliver on the… Continue Reading »

    3D Printing Supports Coral Reef Ecosystem in Maldives

    MALDIVES: A team of researchers has designed and 3D printed an artificial reef to help promote the growth of a coral reef ecosystem in Maldives. The Summer Island Maldives resort is using the artificial reef made from hundreds of ceramic and concrete modules to build a new coral reef ecosystem. An Australian industrial engineer with… Continue Reading »