• Europe

    UN Committee on the Rights of the Child – Call for Comments by Sunday July 1st, 2018

    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The Committee on the Rights of the Child will hold a Day of General Discussion (DGD): “Protecting and empowering children as human rights defenders”, on September 28, 2018.   To input substantive conversations, the Committee is calling for written contributions by those interested, in line with the specific objectives of the DGD and the Guiding questions… Continue Reading »

    Major Health Summit Offers “Springboard for Action”

    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: Far-reaching measures that will drive up healthcare standards and improve the lives of millions of citizens have been agreed by Commonwealth ministers. At the 30th Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting in Geneva, government representatives endorsed a series of bold proposals, including 100 per cent smoke free public spaces; a 20 per cent sugar tax on… Continue Reading »

    Be My Eyes Hits the 1 Million Volunteer Mark

    COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – As of May 17th, 2018, over 1,000,000 people have clicked ‘download’ and made an account as a sighted volunteer on Be My Eyes, a global community configured in a free smartphone app that supports people who are blind or have low vision. The app launched in January 2015, initially only available on… Continue Reading »

    GDS Consults on Website and App Accessibility

    UNITED KINGDOM: Feedback exercise provides step towards compliance with EU directive by 2021. The Government Digital Service (GDS) has launched a consultation on the accessibility of public sector websites and apps as part of the move towards compliance with an EU directive on the issue. It has set out the background and the main elements… Continue Reading »

    EDF Webinar: Preparation to the HLPF for European Organisations of Persons with Disabilities

    INTERNATIONAL: The European Disability Forum (EDF) is delighted to announce its new webinar on Thursday, 24th May on the Sustainable Development Goals. Thursday, 24th May 2018 3:30pm – 4:30pm  (Belgium time) Everyone is encouraged to register! Overview As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages member states to… Continue Reading »

    Tool Reveals Links Between Human Rights Recommendations, SDG Targets

    DENMARK: The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) has launched the UPR-SDG Data Explorer, which uses an algorithm to automatically identify links between the SDG targets and recommendations from the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The tool aims to facilitate follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda at the global, regional and… Continue Reading »

    WMO Checklist Helps Enhance Early Warning Systems

    INTERNATIONAL: Early warning, a critical component of disaster risk reduction (DRR), can prevent loss of life and reduce the economic impacts of hazardous events, including disasters, according to a multi-hazard early warning systems checklist developed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in partnership with the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization… Continue Reading »

    M-Enabling Forum come to Europe

    DUSSELDORF, GERMANY: The first M-Enabling Forum Europe will take place September 27, 2018, parallel to REHACARE in Düsseldorf, Germany. E.J.Krause & Associates (EJK) and the G3ict (the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICT, established with the support of the United Nations) organize this conference and showcase to advance awareness of new milestones for accessible technologies and environments. “M” stands for… Continue Reading »

    2nd World Summit on Accessible Tourism – Destinations for All 2018

    BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: The second edition of the World Summit Destinations for All will take place in Brussels, October 1-2, 2018, under the auspices of Kéroul and CAWaB. The aim of the event is to give concrete expression to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Recommendations on Accessible Tourism. For more information: https://www.destinationsforall2018.eu/ The first edition of the Summit… Continue Reading »