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    OCT 12th: Accessibility & Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    INTERNATIONAL: The UN Secretary General’s Executive Committee decided in April 2018 to review the UN system’s current approach to both accessibility and to mainstreaming the rights of persons with disabilities across the organization’s operations. To support this effort, Dr. Valerie Karr and her team from University of Massachusetts Boston are conducting a study titled United… Continue Reading »

    New Zambian Inclusive Education Project for Leonard Cheshire

    ZAMBIA, AFRICA: Leonard Cheshire has secured funding for a new three-year inclusive education project in Zambia. Funds have been provided by The Swedish Postcode Lottery, The Peter Cundill Foundation* and Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The project will see Leonard Cheshire’s work expand to the Eastern Province of Zambia across Chipata, Katete, Nyimba, Petauke and Sinda and… 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 »

    Three Innovative Approaches for Managing Disaster Risks

    INTERNATIONAL: When Dara Dotz, an industrial designer, traveled to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010, she saw firsthand the supply chain challenges people were facing that had life threatening consequences – most vividly, a nurse having to use her medical gloves to tie off the umbilical cords of newborn babies, because she didn’t have… Continue Reading »

    Interworking Between LTE & LMR Systems is Essential For Critical Communications, Says ETELM

    DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES –  As demand for high speed mobile broadband and smart data services is rapidly increasing, inter-working between new broadband services and traditional mission critical radio systems is essential to ensure equivalent or better services are provided in terms of mission critical performance and coverage. Improved data services must be in addition to… 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 »

    High-level Event Discusses Equity, Democratization in Technological Revolution

    NEW YORK, USA: On the margins of the 73rd UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) high-level debate, high-level representatives of governments, the private sector, civil society, and academia discussed the impact of the technological revolution on society, including on the workforce, education, and low-income countries’ industrialization. They called for regulation of new technologies and for educational systems to… 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 »

    #10Things Campaign Raises Awareness on Climate Action

    NEW YORK, USA: Climate Week NYC launched the ‘10 Things’ campaign. The campaign has released each of the ten Things to raise awareness of climate change and accelerate climate action in the days between the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) and Climate Week NYC. The GCAS, which took place in San Francisco, US, from 12-14… Continue Reading »