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Global Forum on Human Settlements Calls for Urban Innovation to Achieve SDG 11, NUA

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, November 22 2018

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BANGKOK, THAILAND: Participants at the 2018 Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS) have committed to support sustainable and resilient cities through innovation, green growth and policies that maximize the benefits of local actions and help achieve the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). GFHS 2018, which convened from 30-31… Continue Reading »

ESCWA Charts Course for Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and DRR

Disaster, Middle East, News, November 21 2018

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BEIRUT, LEBANON: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) issued its seventh report on water development, which focuses on integrating actions for disaster risk reduction (DRR) with climate change adaptation. The reports draw attention to the existing gap between adaptation and DRR communities as they address problems… Continue Reading »

Borrowing by Low and Middle-Income Economies More than Tripled in 2017, World Bank International Debt Statistics Show

Americas, News, November 21 2018

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WASHINGTON, USA: Borrowing by low and middle-income economies from external official and private creditors surged to $607 billion in 2017 from $181 billion the previous year, the highest level in three years, as net debt inflows surpassed equity inflows for the first time since 2013, the World Bank’s International Debt Statistics 2019 shows.… Continue Reading »

Emerging, Developing Economies to Face Challenges if Global Inflation Rises

Asia-Pacific, News, November 20 2018

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TOKYO, JAPAN – Further upward acceleration of global inflation from record low levels may impair efforts in emerging and developing economies to sustain the low inflation environment achieved over the past several decades, the World Bank said in a groundbreaking examination of inflation in the emerging and developing world. The adverse effects… Continue Reading »

World Data Forum Discusses Data Science, Platforms, Privacy and Finance

Assistive Technology, ICT, Middle East, News, November 19 2018

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DUBAI, UAE: Participants at the second UN World Data Forum convened in 85 panel discussions to consider issues related to six themes: innovations and synergies across different “data ecosystems”; leaving no one behind; building trust in data and statistics; how far have we come?; understanding the world through data; and… Continue Reading »

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Announces RADWIN, Federated Wireless and Saankhya Labs as Members

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Europe, ICT, News, November 15 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) announced on 8 November that RADWIN, Federated Wireless and Saankhya Labs have joined the Alliance, as it continues to advocate for laws and regulations that will lead to more efficient spectrum utilisation. President of the DSA, Kalpak Gude, said: “The DSA is always looking for organisations who share our vision, so I’m thrilled to welcome RADWIN, Federated Wireless… Continue Reading »

The Transformative Power of Literacy for Children with Visual Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Universal Design, November 15 2018

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PHILIPPINES: In a first grade classroom in the Philippines, Ma’am Jen, a teacher to students who are blind or low vision, sets a newly printed braille book she created in front of nine-year-old student Alexa. Prior to 2015, these braille books were hard to come by, leaving Ma’am Jen with… Continue Reading »

Neural Technologies at TM Forum: “Digital Integration of assets is key for digital transformation success”

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Events, ICT, November 14 2018

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SINGAPORE: This was the message from Neural Technologies’ VP of Marketing  Claus Nielsen on the second day of TM Forum Digital Transformation Asia, as he delivered a seminar speech on the importance of ‘Standardizing Event Data Collection and Management’ on 14 November. Nielsen said, “It is imperative that in order to make digital transformation journeys possible, that initially, Digital Integration is given the highest priority.… Continue Reading »

Amplifying the Voices of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities in East Africa

Africa, Events, News, November 14 2018

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KAMPALA, UGANDA: In efforts to amplify the voices of persons with psychosocial disabilities in the East Africa region for them to advocate within a human rights framework in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the first ever technical workshop in… Continue Reading »

Second Committee Addresses Migration, Technology, International Collaboration

Americas, ICT, News, November 13 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: With the numbers of migrants increasing faster than the global population, UN Member States emphasized the increased interdependence between countries, and called for the recognition of migrants’ qualifications and role in development, as well as for the protection of their rights and the combatting of illegal trafficking.… Continue Reading »

UNWTO Report Enables Inclusive Tourism, Destinations’ Contribution to SDGs

Americas, News, Tourism, November 13 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and UNWTO affiliate member globaldit launched a report on UN Day 2018. The report presents a model for inclusive tourism destinations, focusing on the capacity of tourism to integrate disadvantaged groups and benefit from its activity. Titled, ‘Global Report on Inclusive Tourism… Continue Reading »

DESA’s World’s Cities Data Finds Cities “Highly Exposed” to Disasters

Americas, Disaster, News, November 12 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) released a data booklet titled, ‘The World’s Cities in 2018.’ The publication finds that nearly three in five cities with populations greater than 500,000 people are at high risk of a natural disaster. According to the publication’s findings,… Continue Reading »

Canada, Ghana to Lead Consultations on FfD High-level Dialogue

Africa, Americas, News, November 12 2018

NEW YORK, USA: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) appointed the permanent representatives of Canada and Ghana as co-facilitators for the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (FfD). Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Permanent Representative of Ghana, and Marc-Andre Blanchard, Permanent Representative of Canada, will consult with Member States… Continue Reading »

15th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons

Asia-Pacific, Events, News, Transportation, November 9 2018

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TAIPEI, TAIWAN: 15th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons Date:November 12-15, 2018 Venue:Taipei Interactional Convention Center (TICC) Address:1 Hsin-Yi Road,Section 5, Taipei 11049, Taiwan ROC MRT Station:Taipei 101 / World Trade Center Station Website:http://http://www.ticc.com.tw Theme: Mobility for all: Connecting the World with Accessible Transportation. Topics of interest… Continue Reading »

A Wake Up Call on the Urgent Need to Remove Barriers

Americas, Built Environment, News, November 9 2018

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA: Canada has received a wake-up call in recent months about the urgent need to remove physical barriers in the built environment and improve accessibility for people of all abilities. In June 2018, the federal government tabled the Accessible Canada Act, a means to ensure equality, inclusion, and… Continue Reading »

Apply Now for WILD 2019!

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, News, November 8 2018

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Apply now for Mobility International USA’s 9th International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) program! Información en español aqui: https://www.miusa.org/news/2019/WILDllamarlossolicitantes Women with disabilities around the world are invited to apply for the 9th International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) program to be held in Eugene, Oregon, USA from July 13th –… Continue Reading »

Experts Discuss Data Revolution in North Africa, Call for Assistance

Africa, Built Environment, News, November 8 2018

AFRICA: The UN Economic Commission for Africa’s (UNECA) Office for North Africa organized the 33rd Session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on the theme, ‘Data Revolution in North Africa: Using data in support of structural transformation.’ The Committee meets annually as a statutory body of the UNECA Office for North… Continue Reading »

Too Often, Dhaka Remains Inaccessible for People with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, November 7 2018

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DHAKA, BANGLADESH: An ever-growing urban population with overflowing and at times chaotic vehicular traffic can make life difficult even for the most well-abled pedestrian. The challenges become higher for a person with a disability. ‘How can I go out of my home?’ asks Tajkia Mariam Jahan, a wheelchair user from… Continue Reading »

Watch the ‘Sign On For Literacy’ Pitch Day LIVE on Friday, Nov. 9

Americas, Events, ICT, November 7 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA: On Nov. 9, 2018, ACR GCD will be broadcasting live from Washington, D.C., to present the pitch sessions of the five finalists of their Sign On For Literacy competition. The finalists—eKitabu, enuma, Gallaudet University’s Motion Light Lab, Manos Unidas, and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology—have created breakthrough solutions… Continue Reading »

World Data Forum Wraps Up With a Declaration to Boost Financing for Data and Statistics

Events, Middle East, News, November 6 2018

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DUBAI: The second United Nations World Data Forum concluded on 24 October 2018, with the launch of the Dubai Declaration to increase financing for better data and statistics for sustainable development. “While it is clear that the data revolution is having an enormous impact, it has not benefited everyone equally,” said United… Continue Reading »