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UNDESA/DSPD Forum on Disability and Development: Disability Inclusion and Accessible Urban Development
Co-organized by DESA and UN-Habitat, supported by the African Disability Forum, 28 to 30 October 2015, UN Convention Center, Nairobi, Kenya. It is estimated that by 2050, 66% of the world’s population will be living in cities. Urban development brings both great opportunity and challenges. Lack of accessibility leads to the disadvantaged and vulnerable situations faced by persons with disabilities, leading to disproportionate rates of poverty, deprivation and exclusion.
From http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=15&pid=1641, November 04, 2015

World Statistics Day 2015: Sustainable Data Key for Measuring Global Development
As part of the celebration for World Statistics Day 2015, Lenni Montiel, UN DESA’s Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, hosted a Twitter chat to put the spotlight on the pivotal role of statistics in measuring development progress across the globe. Using the hashtag #SDGsData, people from all corners of the world tuned in on October 22, to ask their questions on how the UN is working with data and how these efforts can contribute to realize sustainable development.
From https://www.un.org/development/desa/newsletter/capacity/2015/11/#17937, November 03, 2015

India: International Film Festival for Persons with Disability in December
he first three-day International Film Festival for Persons with Disability (IFFFD) will be organized by Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry on December 1 in which 40 films will be screened based on different categories of disabilities. The festival has been conceptualized by the department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) in collaboration with National Film Development Corporation to honor the contributions of persons with disabilities on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3).
From http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/international-film-festival-for-persons-with-disability-in-december/articleshow/49629470.cms, November 03, 2015

How People Are Actually Using the Internet of Things
We did an open-source analysis of IoT user behavior, looking at 1,000 IoT technology platforms and services and more than 279,000 early adopter interactions with IoT devices. We found that consumers want an IoT that provides personalized services that can be adapted to different contexts. As with the Industrial IoT, the human IoT promises to be transformative.
From https://hbr.org/2015/10/how-people-are-actually-using-the-internet-of-things?utm_source=Socialflow#, November 02, 2015

Bank of Maldives Introduces Internet and Mobile Banking Services for Customers with Vision Disabilities
Bank of Maldives Limited (BML) introduced Internet Banking and Mobile Banking services for customers with vision disabilities. The bank said Friday that the new service provides Internet Banking and Mobile Banking to customers with vision disabilities at any given time without necessitating visits to any BML branches.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/11/02/bank-of-maldives-introduces-internet-and-mobile-banking-services-for-customers-with-vision-disabilities/, November 02, 2015

Eleven Major Companies to Promote Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities at the Workplace
Eleven major international companies agreed to promote and include persons with disabilities throughout their operations worldwide in a move the International Labour Organization (ILO) hailed as “not only just a good moral cause” but also “good for business.” In an announcement, ILO said that Accenture, AccorHotels, Adecco Group, AXA Group, Carrefour Group, Dow Chemical, Groupe Casino, L’Oréal, Orange, the Standard Bank Group, and Michelin have become the first signatories of the newly-created ILO Global Business & Disability Network Charter, in a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland. “This new Charter can also make a substantial contribution to realizing many goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.
From http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/ilo_charter_oct2015.jpg, November 02, 2015

Cyprus Focuses on Action Plan for Accessible Tourism
The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) is preparing an action plan aimed at providing accessibility to people with disabilities to enjoy their holidays in Cyprus, opening the door to a specialized tourism which is undoubtedly a big market, while also complying with Cyprus’ obligations as a member of the European Union.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/10/29/cyprus-focuses-on-accessible-tourism/, November 02, 2015

New Zealand: Feedback Sought on Better Access to Books for People with Vision Disabilities
Commerce Minister Paul Goldsmith today released a discussion document which seeks feedback on whether New Zealand should join an international treaty aimed at making more published material available for people with print disabilities. The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled, was concluded in June 2013 and will come into effect once ratified by 20 countries.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/10/30/feedback-sought-on-better-access-to-books-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, November 02, 2015

India: Adoption of ICT Stressed in Smart City Governance Conference in Bhubhaneswar
Expansion of livelihood opportunities is a key component for making a city smart. Rapid urbanization adds pressure to the resource base and increases demand for energy, water and sanitation as well as public services, education and healthcare, Chief Secretary GC Pati said here on Wednesday. Addressing a conference on Governance in smart cities and intervention of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Pati said the growth rate of population in Bhubaneswar was 3 per cent during 2001-2011 compared to 1.5 per cent for the State.
From http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/Adoption-of-ICT-Stressed-in-Smart-City-Governance/2015/10/29/article3102949.ece, October 29, 2015

USA: National Disability Employment Awareness Month: My Disability is One Part of Who I Am
Every October during National Disability Employment Awareness Month businesses around the country reflect on and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. For 70 years, the Department of Labor used this time of year to showcase the talents of workers with disabilities and encourage diversity, inclusion and accessibility in the workplace. This year, the Department of Labor is focusing on the theme, “My Disability is One Part of Who I Am.” I am incredibly proud of AT&T’s commitment to the disabled community and to its employees with disabilities, and that commitment is especially meaningful to me because of my own disability.
From http://www.about.att.com/content/csr/home/blog/2015/10/my_disability_isone.html, October 29, 2015

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