UN Human Rights Council: Skills development and economic empowerment for all

Geneva, 17 March 2017How to assure the right to vocational education and training as well as employment as enshrined in article 27 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? Which innovative practices and policies exist, and how to best cooperate to implement them and scale them up? Which ways forward to enhance further the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the implementation processes of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?

These are just a few of the questions that have been discussed during the side event at the 34th UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, together with about 40 representatives of permanent missions to the UN, international organizations and NGOs.

On the occasion of the 34th Human Rights Council, the Permanent Mission of Austria and the International Disability Alliance, together with the Permanent Missions of Australia, Ecuador, Finland, Italy, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, and Thailand, supported by the Essl Foundation, the European Foundation Centre and the World Future Council, held a side event on “Skills development and economic empowerment: Towards inclusive, sustainable development for all”.

Moderated by H.E. Thomas HAJNOCZI, Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN in Geneva, the following speakers took the floor:

  • Shuaib CHALKLEN, Founder and Chairperson of the African Disability Forum and World Future Councillor: Opening words (via video)
  • Fernanda ALMEIDA, President of the National Federation of Persons with Autism from Brazil and member of RIADIS: Concrete experience from youth with disabilities from Latin America
  • Virginia CARCEDO ILLERA, CEO and General Manager, Inserta Empleo: How human resources services can empower jobseekers with disabilities
  • Matthieu CHATELIN, Cerebral Palsy European Communities’ Association and youth leader of the European Disability Forum: Concrete experience from youth with disabilities from Europe
  • Ingrid HEINDORF, Head of Zero Project Policy Research & Conference Organisation, World Future Council: For a labour market without barriers. Presented the Zero Project Report and Conference 2017
  • Stefan TRÖMEL, Senior Disability Specialist, International Labour Organization: Promoting disability inclusion in mainstream vocational training and employment services

The event took place on 17th March 2017, at 1-3pm at Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, at the United Nations Office in Geneva. It was webcasted via www.treatybodywebcast.org

More information about Zero Project Conferences is available at: https://conference.zeroproject.org/

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Miriam Petersen
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miriam.petersen@worldfuturecouncil.org

About the Zero Project
The Zero Project promotes the rights of persons with disabilities globally, according to the principles and Articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). It is a platform where the most innovative and effective solutions overcoming the barriers that persons with disabilities face, are being shared. Every year, the Zero Project concentrates on a theme: on inclusive education and ICTs (2016), on independent living and political participation (2015), on accessibility (2014) and on employment (2013). In 2017, the project concentrates on employment, vocational training and education. As of today, more than 3,000 experts around the world have contributed to the initiative. The Zero Project was initiated by the Essl Foundation in 2010 and has been running in partnership with the World Future Council since 2011 and with the European Foundation Centre since 2013. More information at: http://www.zeroproject.org

The World Future Council

The World Future Council brings the interests of future generations to the centre of policy-making. Its up to 50 eminent members from around the globe have already successfully promoted change. The Council addresses challenges to our common future and provides decision makers with effective policy solutions. In close cooperation with civil society actors, parliamentarians, governments, business and international organizations the World Future Council identifies “best policies” around the globe. The World Future Council is registered as a charitable foundation in Hamburg, Germany.

About the Zero Project
The Zero Project promotes the rights of persons with disabilities globally, according to the principles and Articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). It is a platform where the most innovative and effective solutions overcoming the barriers that persons with disabilities face, are being shared. Every year, the Zero Project concentrates on a theme: on inclusive education and ICTs (2016), on independent living and political participation (2015), on accessibility (2014) and on employment (2013). In 2017, the project concentrates on employment, vocational training and education. As of today, more than 3,000 experts around the world have contributed to the initiative. The Zero Project was initiated by the Essl Foundation in 2010 and has been running in partnership with the World Future Council since 2011 and with the European Foundation Centre since 2013. More information at: http://www.zeroproject.org