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    ISO Establishes New Task Force on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

    INTERNATIONAL: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced that they have established a new Task Force on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Several of GAATES Founding Board Members are active participants in ISO Task Forces and have shared that the new “Task Force will: Review the mapping of ISO standards to the SDGs, Determine… Continue Reading »

    UN Initiatives Build Capacity for SDGs 8, 11 and 13

    INTERNATIONAL: Capacity-building initiatives seek to promote climate change adaptation, sustainable urban development and climate information services (CIS). They advance SDGs 13 (climate action), 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and 8 (decent work and economic growth), among others. The UNFCCC Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) published an update on its ongoing technical assistance aiming to promote… Continue Reading »

    Crawford Technologies Hosts Pre-Conference Workshop on Implementing Accessible Documents

    TORONTO, ON, CANADA: Crawford Technologies, provider of innovative document solutions that streamline, improve and manage customer communications, announced March 21st, 2018 that it will be hosting a complementary pre-conference workshop at Xploration® 18, the worldwide electronic document systems association’s annual conference, on the importance of providing accessible documents on: Monday, April 16 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. With upcoming Section… Continue Reading »

    UC Berkeley Furthers Commitment to Accessibility with New Blackboard Partnership

    WASHINGTON, D.C. USA :  The University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley) on March 21st, 2018, announced a new partnership with Blackboard Inc. that will enable students to have an even more inclusive learning environment through Blackboard Ally, an innovative new solution that helps make online course content more accessible for all learners.  The partnership furthers Berkeley’s longstanding commitment to equal… Continue Reading »

    WFD and WASLI Release a Statement on the use of Signing Avatars

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS: The World Federation for the Deaf (WFD) and the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) have jointly developed a statement to express their concern about the way in which decisions on where and when to use signing avatars as a form of access to spoken or written content is being managed by public… Continue Reading »

    Global SDG Awards Competition to Increase Private Sector Engagement

    INTERNATIONAL: The Global SDG Awards, the first international, private-sector focused sustainability competition based on the SDGs, were launched at the GLOBE Forum 2018 from March 14th-16th in Vancouver, Canada. The competition will be open to companies and social enterprises with sustainability programs and business models geared towards realizing the SDGs. David A. Klar, Global SDG Awards… Continue Reading »

    Report Highlights Potential of Migration in Arab Cities

    INTERNATIONAL: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Ford Foundation have issued a report titled, ‘Migration and Inclusive Cities: A Guide for Arab City Leaders,’ which aims to stimulate innovative approaches to address opportunities and challenges posed by migration to Arab cities. Part of the UN-Habitat City Leaders Guide series, the publication is intended… Continue Reading »

    Zero Project Conference

    VIENNA, AUSTRIA: From February 21st to the 23rd  of February, GAATES was actively engaged in the Zero Project Conference. The Zero Project is an initiative of the ESSL Foundation, with the mission of supporting the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for a world without barriers. Today,… Continue Reading »

    Yoocan CEO at ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York

    NEW YORK, USA: “We should make our collaborative storytelling competition global next year!” yoocan CEO, Moshe Gaon, attended the ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York on March 10, 2018 to present the winner, Maria Bournias of last year’s “Film Your Story” competition. The competition was in partnership with ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York & produced by… Continue Reading »