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International Day of Persons with Disabilities – IDPD

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Events, Middle East, November 28 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been annually observed on 3 December around the world. The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. This theme focuses on the empowering persons with disabilities for the inclusive, equitable… Continue Reading »

Convention on Safety of Disabled Girls & Women Raises Vital Issues

Asia-Pacific, Events, News, November 27 2018

NPRD representatives Murali Dharan, Secretary, and Shampa Sengupta, Joint Secretary, on stage at the event

NEW DELHI, INDIA: A convention was organised in New Delhi to address the safety of disabled girls and women on 25 November. Organised by the National Platform for Rights of the Disabled (NPRD), it sought to underline how the community remains vulnerable to sexual attacks despite tougher laws. Murali Dharan, Secretary,… Continue Reading »

Invite & Call for Submissions | Accessible Europe Forum & Competition

Americas, Events, ICT, News, November 27 2018

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VIENNA, AUSTRIA: The ITU-EC Forum for Europe on “Accessible Europe: ICT for ALL” will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 12 to 14 December 2018.  As an integral part of this Forum a Regional Competition on Innovative Digital Solutions for an Accessible Europe is being organized. This regional event for Europe… Continue Reading »

TIA Appointed To Administration’s ICT Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force Executive Committee

Americas, ICT, News, November 26 2018

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ARLINGTON, VA, USA:  The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today issued the following statement upon the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announcement of industry executive committee members appointed to the Information and Communications Technology Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force. TIA Senior… Continue Reading »

Accessibility in the Stock Market

Americas, Assistive Technology, November 26 2018

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USA: The past few months, the stock market has seen a slump that has many investors worried about their financial future. Since a slight bounce back after the November midterm elections, the S&P 500 index has seen a slide of 8% since its most recent peak in mid-September. This isn’t to say… Continue Reading »

UNU-EHS Summer Academy Builds Capacity on Urban Dimension of Climate Action, SDGs, DRR

Disaster, Europe, Events, News, November 23 2018

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BONN, GERMANY: The Summer Academy on World Risk and Adaptation Futures sought to build capacity and create networks for real-world impact, emphasize a stronger focus on drivers of future risk for risk reduction policy and action, foster collaboration between policymakers and practitioners, and provide them with information on future risk… Continue Reading »

App Helps Achieve SDGs 11, 12 by Improving Sustainability of Housing Projects

Americas, Built Environment, News, Universal Design, November 23 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the One Planet Network have launched an app to help improve the sustainability of new housing projects and increase the affordability of green housing. The SHERPA for Sustainable Housing Projects app was developed with the recognition that housing is an… Continue Reading »

UN Launches Website on Three Areas of Ongoing Reform

Americas, News, November 22 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The UN launched a website providing information, news and resources on the ongoing UN reform processes related to development, management and peace and security. The landing page of the website also outlines job openings in the three areas of reform. The UN Secretary-General’s reform agenda aims to… Continue Reading »

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 »