• Universal Design

    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 »

    Spatially Awhere: Bridging the Gap Between Leading and Lagging Regions

    INTERNATIONAL: As the world urbanizes rapidly, international experience has shown that economic activities concentrate in a relatively small number of places – it is estimated that only 1.5% of the world’s land is home to about half of global production. Such economic concentration is a built-in feature of human settlement development and a key driver… Continue Reading »

    Building Safer, More Inclusive, and More Resilient Cities

    JAPAN: From April 23–27, 2018, representatives from 16 cities in 13 countries visited Japan for a Technical Deep Dive on Safe, Inclusive, and Resilient Cities to learn from one another about improving urban safety, inclusion and resilience. In this video, Jefferson Koije (Mayor of Monrovia, Liberia), Ellen Hamilton (World Bank Lead Urban Specialist), and Phil… Continue Reading »

    Internet for Everyone: How to Make a Website Accessible for People with Disabilities

    ISRAEL: Yit, which develops and maintains over 50 websites including Ynet, Calcalist, Bigdeal, Blazer, and Winwin among others, have made their clients’ websites accessible to all people with disabilities through a dedicated widget developed by Equalweb. Every day most of the people in the world surf the Internet without thinking of accessibility, we enter, click and surf.  But,… Continue Reading »