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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 »

New York City Presents First-ever Voluntary Local Review at HLPF

Americas, Events, News, August 7 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: New York City became the first city to present its Voluntary Local Review (VLR) on 11 July 2018. The city’s VLR focuses on the OneNYC strategy released in 2015, highlighting synergies between the strategy and the SDGs. Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs,… Continue Reading »

Asharqia Chamber Hosts Almarai on its Best Practices in Including Persons with Disabilities

Events, Middle East, News, Universal Design, August 6 2018

Participants at the July 19th meeting seated at a conference table

SAUDI ARABIA: Asharqia Chamber, in collaboration with Qaderoon Business Disability Network, hosted a meeting about Almarai Company’s experience in the inclusion of persons with disabilities on 19 July 2018, and in the presence of representatives from the business community and companies. Where Mr. Ali AL-Qahtani Nationalization Manager reviewed best practices… Continue Reading »

2018 M-Enabling Summit Displays Wide Range of Products for Improved Accessibility

Americas, Assistive Technology, Events, ICT, August 6 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA: M-Enabling Summit Conference and Showcase held June 11–13 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Washington D.C. is an annual event dedicated to promoting accessible and assistive technology innovations for users of all abilities.  Previously, it had been the offspring of G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive… Continue Reading »

Living Life in the City: UN DESA Announces Latest Urbanization Trends

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, July 18 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: In today’s increasingly global and interconnected world, more and more people decide to live their lives in cities. In 2018, 55 per cent of the world’s population is residing in urban areas and by 2050, 68 per cent is projected to be urban. In the coming decades, further increases… Continue Reading »

Savola Group Employees Learn About “Inclusive Communication”

Events, Middle East, Universal Design, July 18 2018

Employees of Savola Group

SAUDI ARABIA: Qaderoon organized a workshop on Disability Inclusive Communication in the Workplace at Savola Group Head office in Jeddah on Wednesday 11 July 2018. This workshop was designed for those responsible for internal and external communication at Savola Group, who need to ensure successful communication with their employees and… Continue Reading »

Global Disability Summit – July 24th 2018

Europe, Events, July 17 2018

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LONDON, ENGLAND: DFID’s vision for disability inclusion is: ‘to ensure people with disabilities are consistently and systematically included in international development and humanitarian assistance’.  We will host a Global Disability Summit in July this year to galvanise the global effort to address disability inclusion in the poorest countries in the world… Continue Reading »

The Leading ICT-Connected Country in Central and Western Africa

Africa, ICT, News, July 17 2018

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GABON, AFRICA: It is impossible these days to drive around the cities of Gabon without noticing the large billboards promoting internet access at rates that were unimaginable only a few years ago. This is a wonderful development for Alphonse, a young, 34-year old public-sector professional. WhatsApp, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram are… Continue Reading »

Crawford Technologies Named a Top Information and Communication Company for Eighth Consecutive Year

Americas, ICT, News, July 16 2018

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TORONTO, ON, CANADA – Crawford Technologies, provider of innovative document solutions that streamline, improve and manage customer communications, announced that it has been included on the Branham300 list of Canada’s top Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies for the eighth year in a row. The listing, published by Branham Group Inc., a global ICT industry… Continue Reading »

How LED Lighting Can Help Those With Visual Impairments Navigate The City

Americas, Built Environment, July 13 2018

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CANADA: Vision loss will increase by 30 percent within the next 10 years in Canada. People with visual impairments risk social isolation as well as less community participation, which is why it’s so important for cities to be more accessible to them. This can be alleviated with the use of LED lighting. LED lighting… Continue Reading »

Promoting Disability Inclusive Development Forum

Asia-Pacific, Events, July 13 2018

Participants at the forum for ‘Promoting Disability Inclusive Development’

HULHUMALÉ, MALDIVES: Maldives hosted the first forum of its kind to discuss how to make development disability-inclusive. The forum for ‘Promoting Disability Inclusive Development’, which was organized with the combined effort of Housing Development Corporation, Ooredoo Maldives and UNDP, was held in Hotel Jen on 23rd June 2018. The forum was… Continue Reading »

Family Care for Children with Disabilities: Practical Guidance for Front-line Workers in Low-and Middle-Income Countries

Americas, News, July 12 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA: World Learning, on behalf of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is excited to announce that the Family Care for Children with Disabilities: Practical Guidance for Front-line Workers in Low-and Middle-Income Countries is now publicly available for download from the Better Care Network website. Please click here to access the… Continue Reading »

Science and Technology – Engines to Spur Action for the Sustainable Development Goals

Americas, Events, Universal Design, July 12 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The power of science, technology and innovation to improve the lives of people and to help protect the planet is evident. But in order to drive progress towards the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its vision of leaving no one behind, innovative solutions will need… Continue Reading »

UDHEIT – Dublin Summit October 30, 2018

Europe, Events, July 10 2018

DUBLIN, IRELAND: In 2018 The Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress (UDHEIT2018) will be held at Dublin Castle, Ireland from 30 October to 2 November 2018. This exciting four-day event will bring together key experts from industry, education, government and non-government organisation sectors to share experiences and knowledge with… Continue Reading »

For Tongans, a Secure Way to Send Money Home is Priceless

Asia-Pacific, ICT, News, July 9 2018


TONGA: Working overseas is tough. But it can be even tougher for workers trying to send their hard-earned money back home to help relatives. Sione Tau, a Tongan who has been picking strawberries in New Zealand for eight seasons, knows this all too well. Until recently, he had to navigate… Continue Reading »

ODI Examines ‘Leave No One Behind’ Reflections in VNRs

Americas, News, July 9 2018

Photo of the flags hanging in Myanmar Plaza, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) Photo by Kaung Myat Min on Unsplash

INTERNATIONAL: Analysts from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) report that they are encouraged by countries’ engagement with the Voluntary National Review (VNR) process so far, even though the presentations made at the 2016 and 2017 sessions of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), for the most part,… Continue Reading »

A New Decade for the CRPD: Partnerships for Inclusive & Sustainable Development

Americas, Events, News, July 5 2018

Photo of the Artificial Intelligence 2030 Event at the UN, with (starting left to right) Senator Chantal Petitclerc of Canada, H.E Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh of the UAE, and Dr Victor Pineda. With sign language interpreter, and Ghasaq Yousif Shaheen of the UAE.

NEW YORK, USA: From June 11th till the 14th, GAATES actively participated in the 11th Session of the Conference of States Parties (CoSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in New York City. The events at this year’s CoSP were universal and looking towards the future… Continue Reading »

Antalya Stays on Track for Sustainable Growth

Middle East, News, Transportation, July 5 2018

Aerial view of Turkey

ANTALYA, TURKEY: Historic buildings and over 600 kilometers of sandy beaches make the city of Antalya one of Turkey’s most popular tourist destinations. But a population boom is threatening to overwhelm the city’s transportation system—and dilute its image as a jewel of the Mediterranean. To strengthen Antalya’s sustainable future, the municipal… Continue Reading »