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The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments - GAATES (www.GAATES.org) in collaboration with the Zero Project(www.ZeroProject.org) is looking for innovative practices and policies that relate to Emergency Preparedness and Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR).


These practices and policies will be presented at the 2015 Zero Project Conference in Vienna, Austria alongside practices and policies pertaining to the Zero Project's own streams on Independent Living and Political Participation.


We welcome you to download the Disaster Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR) nomination and instruction documents from the GAATES website at www.gaates.org/zeroproject2015/index.shtml. You can also download these forms, as well as the Zero Project nomination and instruction forms related to the Independent Living and Political Participation streams atwww.zeroproject.org/downloads


Who can nominate a practice or policy?

Everyone can nominate a practice or a policy, including experts from the academic, public, private, and non-profit sector. Self-nominations are possible as well. Please note, however, that laws, regulations or public policies cannot be nominated by the responsible government, parliament, or administration.


What is the  Zero Project?

The Zero Project - For a World Without Barriers (www.zeroproject.org), officially launched in 2011 by the Essl Foundation (www.esslfoundation.org), advocates the rights of persons with disabilities internationally. With its global outreach, the Zero Project monitors the national implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and highlights innovative practices and policies. The project is organised in partnership with the World Future Council (www.worldfuturecouncil.org) and the European Foundation Centre (www.efc.be).


The vision of the Zero Project is to work for a world without barriers, according to the principles and Articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It does so by researching Innovative Practices and Innovative Polices worldwide that help to improve the lives of persons with disabilities, as well as researching social indicators that measure the implementation of the UN CRPD and the current situation in all countries of the world.


What is GAATES?

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is the leading international not-for-profit organization that brings together individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting accessibility of electronic and communication technologies and accessibility of the built environment. GAATES' mission is to promote the understanding and implementation of accessibility of the sustainable built, social and virtual environments, including architectural, infrastructural design, transportation systems, habitat, and electronic information and communication technologies so that everyone, including people with disabilities and older persons are able to fully participate and contribute to society.


While recognizing the collaborative partnership of the Zero Project, GAATES is fully responsible for the DiDRR stream, including the preparation and distribution of the nomination form, the review and research of the nominations, and the development and presentation of the results report. GAATES will be using the Zero Project processes, evaluation system, reporting protocols and communication tools.


Please Distribute this email to your Colleagues and Associates in the DiDRR and Emergency Preparedness fields.

Marnie Peters
GAATES Executive Officer

Clips from a presentation on Inclusion tourism with news commentary in Nepali.


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