The Zero Project’s fourth report looks at the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities around the world and focuses on independent living and political participation. The report was officially presented during a conference in Vienna from the 25 to 27 February. Luk Zelderloo, EASPD Secretary General, participated to that conference and was part of the EEG delegation awarded as innovative practice.
The Zero Project researches the status of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) around the world and, this year, focuses on independent living and political participation. Data were collected on 150 countries, together with 50 Innovative Practices and Policies that can be considered as global role models in their fields. The Zero Project Report can be found online at http://www.zeroproject.org. The project’s website offers the ability not only to research Social Indicators in all 150 countries using world maps, but also to search the database for all the Innovative Practices and Policies that have been analysed and selected since 2013: Employment (2013), Accessibility (2014) and, now, Independent Living and Political Participation (2015).
2015 Zero Project conference on independent living and political participation
500 participants from almost 70 countries from Armenia to Zimbabwe participated to the conference which included more than 35 events, workshops and panels, with more than 150 speakers and chairs. The conference focused on Independent Living and Political Participation and was held from 25 till 27 February 2015 at the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV).
On Wednesday evening the Zero Project kicked off the conference by celebrating the Zero Project Award Ceremony held at UNOV and by showing 50 Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies.
EEG nominated as innovative practice
The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) is part of one of the awarded innovative practices, the European Expert Group’s work on diverting EU funds towards community-based care. EASPD is part of the European Expert Group.