Middle East

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 »

Qaderoon Conducts “Emergency Evacuation for Persons with Disabilities” Workshop Hosted by Almarai

SAUDI ARABIA: On Sunday 4 Nov 2018, Qaderoon Business Disability Network held a workshop on emergency evacuation for persons with disabilities in collaboration with the Universal Accessibility Program at King Saud University and hosted at Almarai head office in Riyadh. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Mohammed Al-Qahtani and Dr. Ahmed Al-Hefnawy of King Saud University.… Continue Reading »

Qaderoon Network sign an MoU with Jeddah Municipality

SAUDI ARABIA: Qaderoon Network signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Jeddah Municipality on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, in the context of the two parties’ keenness to enable social responsibility and contribute to the development of the society. The agreement, which represented the two sides, includes HE Mr. Saleh Al-Turki, the Mayor of Jeddah, and… 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 »

Berlin Celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by Launching the Cities for All Compact and Campaign

Press Release For Immediate Release BERLIN, GERMANY: Today, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is hosting a celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018 and the launching of a historical Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities. This historic Global Compact will gather city leaders and mayors from… Continue Reading »


INTERNATIONAL: The Stakeholder Group of Person with Disabilities invites you to meet the new focal point of the Stakeholder Group and to learn about the High-level Political Forum 2019. In 2019, education, employment, inequalities, climate change, and Goal 16 will be among the Goals reviewed during the forum. In addition, 51 countries will voluntarily report on their… Continue Reading »

International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva – FifteenPercent Exhibition

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: Every year on 3 December, the international community comes together to raise awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities. This year, OHCHR in partnership with artist photographer, Christian Tasso, will hold an exhibition entitled “FifteenPercent” to be opened on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The event and exhibition are also… Continue Reading »