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PEAT and Teach Access Identify Large Skills Gap in the Tech Sector

Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, News, August 21 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC: One in five Americans has a disability, and in today’s digital age it’s more important than ever that people with disabilities are able to use technology, from websites to mobile phones to emerging smart devices. Twenty-eight years after the seminal passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, leading tech companies… Continue Reading »

UNDP Joins Consortium to Develop Safe AI for SDGs

Events, ICT, News, August 20 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has joined a consortium of companies, academics, and NGOs working to ensure that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is developed in a safe, ethical and transparent manner. Through the partnership, UNDP’s Innovation Facility will support the testing and scale-up of AI for the SDGs. The… Continue Reading »

ODI Analyzes Countries’ Readiness to Leave No One Behind

Americas, News, August 20 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: A briefing note and index launched in the margins of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) reviews the readiness of 86 countries to “leave no one behind.” With the SDGs in effect for nearly 1,000 days, the Overseas Development Institute’s (ODI) ‘Leave No One Behind… Continue Reading »

Crawford Technologies Announces Successful Completion of SOC 2 Type II + HITRUST CSF Examination

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, August 16 2018

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TORONTO, ON – Crawford Technologies, provider of innovative document solutions that streamline, improve and manage customer communications, has successfully completed the Service Organization Controls SOC 2 Type II + Health Information Trust Common Security Framework (HITRUST CSF) examination for its Document Accessibility Services System. SOC 2 Type II attestation examinations are recognized as… Continue Reading »

Earth Overshoot Day: World Consumes Annual Resources Budget in Seven Months

Events, News, August 16 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The world overshot its annual resources budget for 2018 in just seven months, according to the Global Footprint Network, which means that people are consuming nature’s resources 1.7 times faster than the planet’s ecosystems can regenerate them. Earth Overshoot Day, which takes place when the annual demand on… Continue Reading »

UN Agencies Pilot SDG 11 Reporting in African, Latin American Cities

Africa, Americas, News, August 15 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The governments of Botswana, Colombia, Ecuador and Tunisia are reporting on urban SDG indicators, with support from the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). A UN-Habitat companion guide titled, ‘SDGs:… Continue Reading »

Chief Sustainability Officers Exchange Lessons on Transforming Businesses

Americas, Events, August 15 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: A half-day event hosted by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in the margins of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) explored how businesses can accelerate “systems transformation.” Featuring four panels consisting primarily of chief sustainability officers, the event titled, ‘Business and the… Continue Reading »

World Bank Group Announces New Commitments on Disability Inclusion

Europe, Events, News, August 15 2018

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LONDON, UK: On July 24th, 2018, at the Global Disability Summit, co-hosted by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID) in partnership with the Government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance, the World Bank Group (WBG), along with other Summit participants, announced its set of ten commitments to accelerate global action for disability-inclusive development in… Continue Reading »

UN Committee: 2017 VNRs Paid Limited Attention to Cross-Cutting Issues

Events, News, August 14 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP) released a paper on how countries’ Voluntary National Reviews in 2017 addressed three cross-cutting issues of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: leaving no one behind (LNOB); addressing trade-offs through policy integration; and pursuing global partnership as a means of implementation… Continue Reading »

Monitoring SDG 4: Indicators for Not Leaving Persons with Disabilities Behind

Americas, News, August 14 2018

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BUENOS AIRES: The Regional Network for Inclusive Education presents “Monitoring of SDG 4: Indicators for not leaving behind people with disabilities”, a document that proposes key indicators to measure the progress of the States in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal 4. On March 1, 2016, a new world… Continue Reading »

Sitemorse Celebrates 70 Years of the NHS with a Ground-breaking Review of NHS Digital Accessibility Compliance

Assistive Technology, Europe, ICT, August 13 2018

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LONDON: To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS, Sitemorse is running a landmark review of digital accessibility compliance in the UK public health sector. The Sitemorse NHS70 Accessibility Index will cover over 600 NHS websites, scoring and ranking them based on accessibility compliance. All NHS websites have legally needed to… Continue Reading »

CN Tower Launches Free Virtual Reality Viewfinder App

Americas, News, Tourism, August 13 2018

Pink blossom branch against clear blue sky background in front of CN Tower, Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA: Fuzz Productions and Toronto’s CN Tower, Canada’s National Tower, together announced the release of  the new CN Tower Viewfinder app, which is  designed and developed by Fuzz Productions in Brooklyn, NY. Created to enrich the experience of on-site visitors, the app represents the first and only attraction in Canada… Continue Reading »

DEADLINE AUGUST 15th – Applications Open for Third Round of Funding for Collaborative Data Innovation Projects

Events, News, August 10 2018

INTERNATIONAL: The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and the World Bank Development Data Group announced that applications are open for a third round of support for innovative collaborations for data production, dissemination, and use. This follows two previous rounds of funding awarded in 2017 and earlier in 2018. This initiative is supported by… Continue Reading »

Qaderoon Network Contributes to the Launch of “Guide for Business on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” Globally

Built Environment, Middle East, News, Universal Design, August 10 2018

Arabic version of the Employers “Rights for Persons with Disabilities Guide”

SAUDI ARABIA: Qaderoon Network issued the Arabic version of the Employers “Rights for Persons with Disabilities Guide”, which was developed jointly by the UN Global Compact and the ILO. The “Guide for business on the rights of persons with disabilities – How business can respect and support the rights of persons… Continue Reading »

Nominations Open for Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen

Asia-Pacific, Events, News, August 9 2018

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SINGAPORE:  CSRWorks is pleased to announce its latest project: Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen, a non-profit initiative to honour the region’s exceptional female sustainability leaders. It will be an annual listing of women leaders who are driving change within and outside their organisations for a sustainable future. Nominations for the first edition… Continue Reading »

Creating a Safe and Healthy Home for a Child with ADHD

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, August 9 2018

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Helping Children Enjoy The Outdoors For A Healthier, Happier Childhood AMERICA: Today’s children spend less than 10 minutes a day in unstructured outdoor play according to the NRPA.  Greater access to screen time and parental fears about the dangers of unsupervised play may be partly to blame, but whatever the reasons, the… Continue Reading »

DEPwD Takes Initiative of Verification Audit of Accessibility Features in 70 Railway Stations

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Events, News, August 8 2018

Left to right- P S N Rao, Director, School of Planning and Architecture and Shakuntala D Gamlin, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of PwDs

  NEW DELHI, INDIA: A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Smt. Shakuntala D. Gamlin, Secretary, DEPwD, M/o Social Justice & Empowerment and Dr. P.S.N. Rao, Director, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, on the 27th of July, 2018, in the presence of senior officers of DEPwD and SPA, Delhi. The… Continue Reading »

HLPF Partnership Exchange Explores How to Build, Maximize Collaborations for Sustainable Development

Americas, Events, News, August 7 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The annual Partnership Exchange, held in the margins of the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), fostered understanding on the set-up and management of effective multi-stakeholder partnerships. Jointly organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP) and UN… Continue Reading »

HLPF Side Event Explores the Role of Blockchain Technology in Advancing SDGs

Americas, Events, ICT, News, August 7 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: On Wednesday, 11 July 2018, on the sidelines of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), the Government of Slovenia, and the Dutch Blockchain Coalition organized a roundtable to explore the role… Continue Reading »

SDG 11 Review at HLPF Emphasizes Role of Cities in Achieving 2030 Agenda

Americas, Events, News, August 7 2018

NEW YORK, USA: The HLPF entered day three of its deliberations on 11 July 2018, which included a review of global progress toward SDG 11 on sustainable cities. Many speakers called for justice, dignity and a human rights-based approach to affordable housing in cities. Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate… Continue Reading »