• Europe

    ECLAC, OECD Development Centre Examine Approach for Leaving No One Behind in Transitions

    NEW YORK, USA: A joint report by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Centre outlines the need for a comprehensive approach to international development cooperation that aligns with domestic policymaking, and supports the movement of countries up the income ladder.… Continue Reading »

    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 »

    Surrey to Build World’s First Translation System for British Sign Language

    SURREY, UK: The world’s first machine capable of turning British Sign Language (BSL) into written English is set to be built by the University of Surrey as part of a project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. BSL is a language in its own right, with its own grammar, and it is… Continue Reading »

    OHSXtra Leads the Way for Digital Accessibility Compliance for the NHS in the Sitemorse NHS70 Accessibility Index

    LONDON – The Occupational Health and Safety Extra (OHSxtra) website took first place in the Sitemorse NHS70 Accessibility Index. The benchmark review, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the NHS, is the first of its kind and takes a view of digital accessibility compliance across the NHS. The review covers almost 600 NHS websites and scores and ranks… Continue Reading »

    The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Closed its 20th Session (27 August – 21 September 2018) 

    GENEVA,  SWITZERLAND: On 21 September, 2018, the CRPD Committee closed its 20th session. During this session, the Committee held interactive dialogues and adopted concluding observations on Algeria, Bulgaria, Malta, Philippines, Poland, South Africa and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and as well list of issues prior to reporting for Austria, Azerbaijan, Germany, Mongolia, Sweden, under the simplified reporting procedure (not yet published). Furthermore, the Committee adopted list of issues… Continue Reading »

    From Robotic Vision to Instant Internet: ETRI Showcases Five Consumer Electronic Technologies of the Future

    BERLIN, GERMANY: Korean researchers will demonstrate how to transmit data faster than the blink of an eye at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA), the world’s largest trade fair for consumer electronics, taking place in Berlin, Germany from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5. High-speed cloud service, robotic vision, and harmful media detection are also among the technological… Continue Reading »

    ICLEI Report Shines Spotlight on Urban Resilience

    BONN, GERMANY: ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability has published the 2018 edition of its ‘Resilient Cities Report.’ The publication reflects on developments in urban resilience and climate change adaptation, and elaborates on specific tools, initiatives, case studies and solutions presented at the 9th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, building on discussions and developments from previous… Continue Reading »

    CRPD Committee Opens its 20th Session

    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND:  The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities opened its 20thsession starting on August 27th, 2018; during which it will review Algeria, Bulgaria, Malta, Philippines, Poland, South Africa and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. It will also initiate the second cycle of review under the simplified reporting procedure by adopting list of issues prior to reporting on… Continue Reading »

    “Hands to Discover” Leads the Way in Accessibility for Travelers

    PORTUGAL; EUROPE: Offering tailor-made information and on-site services for the hearing-impaired can ensure deaf people access to the universal right to travel with no barriers to accessibility, but one can find such services in few countries. Meanwhile, in Portugal one online platform is leading the way. Have you wondered what challenges await a hearing-impaired person… Continue Reading »