• Universal Design

    Living Life in the City: UN DESA Announces Latest Urbanization Trends

    INTERNATIONAL: In today’s increasingly global and interconnected world, more and more people decide to live their lives in cities. In 2018, 55 per cent of the world’s population is residing in urban areas and by 2050, 68 per cent is projected to be urban. In the coming decades, further increases are expected both in the… Continue Reading »

    Savola Group Employees Learn About “Inclusive Communication”

    SAUDI ARABIA: Qaderoon organized a workshop on Disability Inclusive Communication in the Workplace at Savola Group Head office in Jeddah on Wednesday 11 July 2018. This workshop was designed for those responsible for internal and external communication at Savola Group, who need to ensure successful communication with their employees and customers with disabilities. The workshop… Continue Reading »

    Science and Technology – Engines to Spur Action for the Sustainable Development Goals

    NEW YORK, USA: The power of science, technology and innovation to improve the lives of people and to help protect the planet is evident. But in order to drive progress towards the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its vision of leaving no one behind, innovative solutions will need to be pro-poor, equitable, and… Continue Reading »

    HLPF Blog Posts Highlight Smart Cities, DRR, Inclusivity in SDG Implementation

    INTERNATIONAL: María Soledad Cisternas Reyes, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, has called for planning and participative management in all countries to address the needs of the 15% of the world’s population with physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments. Writing on the blog published in the lead-up to the 2018 session of the UN… Continue Reading »

    DESA Announces 16 Members of High-level Advisory Board

    INTERNATIONAL: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs announced the membership of the UN High-Level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs, which was established following a request from the UN Secretary-General as part of reforms to the UN development system. The 16 members of the HLAB include former heads of state (Ernesto… Continue Reading »

    Oxford County and Eight Municipalities Co-Innovate Using CSDC’s Amanda Platform

    WOODSTOCK, OXFORD COUNTY, ONTARIO, CANADA:  (June 12, 2018)  Municipal leaders in Oxford County, Ontario, plan to manage and attract growth by leveraging CSDC’s powerful Amanda platform as a shared service. By doing so, they will streamline permitting, inspections and land management operations across eight municipalities to help drive efficiencies and to improve the quality of… Continue Reading »

    Experts Discuss Effective Multi-stakeholder Partnerships Ahead of SDG 17 Review

    INTERNATIONAL: Representatives of governments, the UN system, private sector and civil society exchanged experiences and lessons learned on partnerships, during a preparatory meeting for the review of SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) at the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The expert group meeting took place on 12… Continue Reading »

    SDG Report 2018 Finds Conflict, Climate Change, Inequality Hindering Progress

    INTERNATIONAL: The UN has launched the 2018 version of the yearly Sustainable Development Goals Report. It finds that conflict, climate change and inequality are major factors in growing hunger and displacement, and are hindering progress towards the SDGs. The report highlights positive progress on the proportion of people living below the poverty line, under-five mortality… Continue Reading »

    The Missing Piece: Disability-Inclusive Education

    INTERNATIONAL: In 2015, the world committed to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” More than an inspirational target, SDG4 is integral to the well-being of our societies and economies – to the quality of life of all individuals. Today, 65 million primary… Continue Reading »