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The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Closed its 20th Session (27 August – 21 September 2018) 

Europe, News, October 1 2018

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GENEVA,  SWITZERLAND: On 21 September, 2018, the CRPD Committee closed its 20th session. During this session, the Committee held interactive dialogues and adopted concluding observations on Algeria, Bulgaria, Malta, Philippines, Poland, South Africa and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and as well list of issues prior to reporting for Austria, Azerbaijan, Germany, Mongolia, Sweden, under the simplified reporting procedure (not yet published). Furthermore, the… Continue Reading »

How Technology is Assisting Seniors to ‘Age in Place’

Assistive Technology, Built Environment, ICT, Universal Design, October 1 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The latest statistics show that people are living longer in virtually every country in the world, with the over 60 age group growing faster than any other cohort. The aging global population is altering many aspects of society, none more so than housing.  When quizzed about their preferred living arrangements, the… Continue Reading »

OECD, UNEP and World Bank Preview Report, Discuss Financing Climate Futures

Assistive Technology, Built Environment, ICT, News, Universal Design, September 28 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) and the World Bank Group hosted a discussion on the joint initiative, ‘Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure.’ The event, convened during Global Goals Week, previewed a synthesis report on ways in which… Continue Reading »

How TVWS is Helping Bridge the Digital Divide in Africa

Africa, Assistive Technology, ICT, News, September 26 2018

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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA:  With over 45% of the world still without internet access, on 13 September 2018, the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) called for the increased utilization of TV Whitespace technology (TVWS) to help bridge the digital divide that is still impacting billions of people across the world. Speaking on the third day… Continue Reading »

Gates Foundation Releases Goalkeepers Report on Young People’s Potential to Transform Africa

Africa, News, September 26 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has launched the 2018 edition of the ‘Goalkeepers Data Report’ charting progress towards the SDGs against 18 indicators. This year’s report highlights ways that young people can help to transform Africa, given the use of promising approaches in health and education.… Continue Reading »

Qaderoon Network Conducts “Persons with Disabilities Supportive Work Environment” Workshop in Cooperation with Swaed Association

Events, ICT, Middle East, News, September 25 2018

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SAUDI ARABIA: On Wednesday, September 18, 2018, “Qaderoon” Network, in cooperation with “Swaed” Association for physical disability, organized a workshop on persons with disabilities supportive work environment at Holiday Inn Corniche Hotel in Al Khobar. The workshop aimed at introducing trainees to the basic concepts of disability and its accommodations,… Continue Reading »

Inclusive Workplace and Supply Council of Canada Announces RBC as First Founding Member to Support Disabled Owned and Veteran Owned Businesses in Canada

Americas, News, September 25 2018


TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA: Deidre Guy and Jeff Wilson, Co-founders of the Inclusive Workplace and Supply Council of Canada (IWSCC), are thrilled to announce the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) as its first Founding Member. IWSCC is dedicated to helping Veterans and differently-abled entrepreneurs by creating conditions for equal access and opportunity,… Continue Reading »

3D Printing Supports Coral Reef Ecosystem in Maldives

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, September 24 2018

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MALDIVES: A team of researchers has designed and 3D printed an artificial reef to help promote the growth of a coral reef ecosystem in Maldives. The Summer Island Maldives resort is using the artificial reef made from hundreds of ceramic and concrete modules to build a new coral reef ecosystem.… Continue Reading »

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

News, September 24 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: 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 nature… Continue Reading »

Nominations Open for 2018 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards

Americas, Events, News, September 10 2018

ALBERTSON, NY, USA: Viscardi Center has announced an official call for nominations for the 2018 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards, an international award series recognizing exemplary men and women with disabilities. Recipients will be honored at a ceremony at the Mutual of America Building in New York City on December 4. The Henry… Continue Reading »

Leonard Cheshire Launches Disability Data Portal With DFID

Americas, News, September 6 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: Leonard Cheshire and the Department for International Development (DFID) launched a data portal at the Global Disability Summit on 24 July. Inconsistent or poor-quality data has long hampered the progress of development efforts to improve the lives of people with disabilities. The Leonard Cheshire Disability Portal will tackle gaps in data and provide… Continue Reading »

New Webinar! Sustainable Development Goals in the UN Regions: The Engagement of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities

Events, News, Webinar, September 5 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The European Disability Forum (EDF) is delighted to announce its new webinar on Tuesday, 11th September on the Sustainable Development Goals. DATE: Tuesday, 11th September 2018 TIME: 16:00pm – 17:00pm, Belgium time Everyone is encouraged to register! Speaker and content Orsolya Bartha, Senior Advisor at International Disability Alliance, will be… Continue Reading »

From Robotic Vision to Instant Internet: ETRI Showcases Five Consumer Electronic Technologies of the Future

Asia-Pacific, Europe, Events, News, September 5 2018

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BERLIN, GERMANY: Korean researchers will demonstrate how to transmit data faster than the blink of an eye at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA), the world’s largest trade fair for consumer electronics, taking place in Berlin, Germany from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5. High-speed cloud service, robotic vision, and harmful media detection… Continue Reading »

2019 Obama Foundation Fellowship Application is Live!

Americas, News, September 4 2018

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA: The Obama Foundation Fellowship is a two-year, non-residential program that offers hands-on training, resources, and leadership development to help Fellows scale the impact of their work. Fellows participate in four multi-day gatherings where they collaborate with each other, connect with potential partners, and collectively push their work… Continue Reading »

Qaderoon Network Offers its Services to All Businesses

Middle East, News, September 4 2018

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SAUDI ARABIA: Qaderoon Network launched its new services to its members and non-member organizations as part of its efforts to encourage businesses to include persons with disabilities on a wider scale in the business market. Additionally, this provides the best services and enrich the journey of businesses in the development of persons… Continue Reading »

South Asia’s Transport Corridors Can Become Engines of Growth

Asia-Pacific, News, Transportation, September 3 2018

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WASHINGTON, USA: Transport corridors offer enormous potential to boost South Asia’s economic growth, reduce poverty, and spur job creation, provided the new trade routes spread their benefits broadly and limit negative environmental impacts, says a new World Bank report. The report The Web of Transport Corridors in South Asia — jointly produced with… Continue Reading »

ICLEI Report Shines Spotlight on Urban Resilience

Built Environment, Europe, News, September 3 2018

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BONN, GERMANY: ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability has published the 2018 edition of its ‘Resilient Cities Report.’ The publication reflects on developments in urban resilience and climate change adaptation, and elaborates on specific tools, initiatives, case studies and solutions presented at the 9th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, building on… Continue Reading »

CRPD Committee Opens its 20th Session

Europe, Events, News, August 31 2018

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND:  The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities opened its 20thsession starting on August 27th, 2018; during which it will review Algeria, Bulgaria, Malta, Philippines, Poland, South Africa and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. It will also initiate the second cycle of review under the simplified reporting procedure by adopting list of… Continue Reading »

World Bank Group Provides Update on Activities to Implement 2030 Agenda

News, August 31 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The World Bank Group has provided an overview of its work on each of the 17 SDGs. The second edition of its publication titled, ‘Implementing the 2030 Agenda,’ outlines the Group’s work on sustainable development, mapped to the Global Goals, and offers a snapshot of projects at local,… Continue Reading »

New York Becomes the First City in the Nation to Offer ASL Direct to Deaf and Hard of Hearing New Yorkers

Americas, News, Universal Design, August 29 2018

NEW YORK, USA: On March 2nd, 2018, the de Blasio administration announced that New Yorkers who primarily communicate via American Sign Language can now obtain City services faster and more efficiently through the use of ASL Direct, becoming the first city in the nation to offer the service. The Mayor’s Office for… Continue Reading »