SDG 10: Zero Project advocates for a world without barriers
"All people, whether disabled or not, have special talents. It is only important to recognize these talents and use them sensibly," said Martin Essl.
Zero Project focuses on the rights of persons with disabilities globally. It provides a platform where the most innovative and effective solutions to problems that persons with disabilities face, are shared. Its sole objective is to assist in creating a world without barriers.
“What does the Zero in Zero Project mean?” This is one of the most frequent, if not the most frequent, questions we are asked. The answer lies in, and at, the very heart of everything we do and are about. It is really very simple: In the world we seek to help create, there are zero barriers for persons with disabilities. Thus, in everything we do, we work “for a world without barriers.” Now, having answered that question, we believe we should actually tell you a little bit about our work and where we currently are with it.
The Zero Project was initiated by the Essl Foundation in 2008 and focuses on the rights of persons with disabilities globally. It is a platform where the most innovative and effective solutions to problems that persons with disabilities face, are shared. Its mission is to support the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and to work for a world without barriers.
We take a solutions-based approach to our work. Together with a continuously growing network of over 4,000 experts, with and without disabilities, in over 150 countries, we seek to identify the most innovative and effective Policies and Practices that improve the lives of persons with disabilities. And we tell the world about those Policies & Practices at the annual Zero Project Conference.
The Zero Project Conference is a unique meeting point of people who inspire and want to be inspired, of innovators and change-makers. It is held annually in the Vienna Headquarters of the United Nations and brings together some 500 participants from more than 70 countries. At the heart of the conference are presentations of the Innovative Practices and Policies as well as by international decision-makers and opinion leaders from all sectors of society – the Zero Project network and partners.
Throughout the year, we also disseminate these solution-oriented approaches to decision makers and opinion leaders worldwide and present the results of our research at various national and international conferences, for example, at Side Events at the annual Conference of State Parties to UN CRPD in New York.
In recent years, and based on the large network and growing expertise, the Zero Project has been developing other subprojects and formats that support the implementation of the UN CRPD, both internationally and specifically within Austria, the home country of the Zero Project.
To find out more visit ZeroProject at www.zeroproject.org