One billion people live with a disability worldwide. In May 2008 the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) entered into force and highlighted the importance of an inclusive society, in which persons with disabilities actively participate in the political, economic, social and cultural life.
To advance the implementation of the UN CRPD, the World Future Council became long-term partner of the Essl Foundation‘s Zero Project – For a world without barriers. With the help of its growing network of over 3,000 disability experts, the Zero Project identifies the most innovative and effective Policies and Practices concerning persons with disabilities.
Each year the project team focuses on a particular theme, publishes a thematic report and organizes a conference around the research results. Held at the United Nations Office in Vienna this three-day event typically brings together more than 500 participants from more than 70 countries.