Africa

EXTENDED! IDA Global Survey on DPO Participation in Development Programmes and Policies

INTERNATIONAL: The IDA announced an extension to the deadline to complete the IDA Global Survey on DPO Participation in Development Programmes and Policies. Don’t miss your chance to participate in this first ever global survey in the disability rights movement!   The IDA Global Survey is available online on the following link: http://www..internationaldisabilityalliance.org/global-survey What is the IDA Global Survey: This… Continue Reading »

Bridge CRPD-SDGs in the MENA Region – Module 1 Kick-Off

CAIRO, EGYPT: From 13-19 December, 2018, Cairo, Egypt is hosting the regional Bridge CRPD-SDGs training programme for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in Arabic.  This is the first ever Bridge training initiative in this region and is being organised by the Arab Organisation of Persons with Disabilities (AOPD), with the support of… Continue Reading »

CRPD Committee’s Views on Individual Communications under the Optional Protocol

INTERNATIONAL: The International Disability Alliance (IDA) has updated the compilation of the CRPD Committee’s Views on individual communications under the optional protocol. You can read these at: http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/crpd-committee-interpretation. To date, the CRPD Committee has adopted 21 views on individual communications under the Optional Protocol to the CRPD, addressing different procedural and substantive issues. Together with the… Continue Reading »

It’s Time to Engage! – HLPF 2019 Regional Sustainable Development Forums

INTERNATIONAL: Each year, the five UN Regional Commissions organize regional preparatory meetings leading up to the High-level Political Forum in July. The meetings will be convened between March and April 2019. The regional platforms usually have a pre-meeting of civil society. It is a space to exchange on our advocacy in the five regions (Asia Pacific, Europe,… Continue Reading »

CALLING FOR INPUTS for the Official Submission of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities to HLPF 2019

INTERNATIONAL: Each year the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities submits a sectoral position paper to the High-level Political Forum (HLPF). This year, our submission to the 2019 HLPF will have the overarching theme of “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring their inclusiveness and equality with others”. The submission will consist of 5 chapters around… Continue Reading »

UN Report Finds Inclusion Gaps for People with Disabilities

INTERNATIONAL: The UN released its first-ever report on persons with disabilities and the SDGs, finding persons with disabilities continue to face numerous barriers to their full inclusion and participation in the life of their communities. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched the report during the commemoration of the International Day of Persons… Continue Reading »

UN Promotes Technological Developments for SDGs

INTERNATIONAL: The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution asking key UN bodies for updated findings on the impact of key technological changes vis-a-vis the 2030 Agenda, for discussion at the fourth annual UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI Forum). The UN also recently announced that over half the world is using… Continue Reading »

UN Universal Health Coverage Day – December 12, 2018

INTERNATIONAL: Please join AARP, HelpAge International, UN DESA, and WHO for the launch of Global AgeWatch Insights: The right to health for older people, the right to be counted The Global AgeWatch Insights report is a joint initiative of HelpAge and AARP. Launches of the Global AgeWatch Insights report and of the 12 country profiles… Continue Reading »

First Report on Persons with Disabilities and the SDGs

INTERNATIONAL: “Societies will never achieve the SDGs without the full participation of everyone, including people with disabilities. We cannot afford to ignore or marginalize the contributions of 1.5 billion people,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres earlier this year. Yet, in many countries, essential services for persons with disabilities are unavailable, or of poor quality. Data… Continue Reading »

Breaking the Internet — for a Good Cause

DENMARK: In support of ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ (IDPD), on Monday, December 3, 2018, Siteimprove, a global Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company empowering digital teams to create inclusive websites, will break its own website. In effect, Siteimprove will disable style sheets, images, and JavaScript across its homepages to show visitors how a person using a… Continue Reading »