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Webinar, March 26
Broadcast Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020 

Webinar Overview
This webinar was offered by the World Blind Union (WBU) in Collaboration with the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications (G3ICT), Smart Cities for All, International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). The webinar focuses on disability inclusion in global frameworks informing urban development, how Smart Cities can become accessible for all, and how the smartness of cities can be assessed and benchmarked.
Speaker(s): Hannes Juhlin Lagrelius, Program Officer, Global Program for Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development, World Blind Union (WBU); James Thurston, Vice President for Global Strategy, G3ict; Shivani Gupta, Founder, AccessAbility India, and Federico Batista Poitier Policy Officer, UCLG. 

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Webinar March 27

Broadcast Date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Webinar Overview:
This webinar was offered by the World Blind Union (WBU) in collaboration with the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications (G3ICT) and International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP). This webinar focuses on how to create and evaluate accessible digital documents including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and PDF-files.  It provided step-by-step guidance on how to align with accessibility standards, common errors and use of accessibility checkers.
Speaker(s): Dax Castro, Certified Digital Accessibility Trainer, Accessibility Advocate | IAAP and Hannes Juhlin Lagrelius, Program Officer, Global Program for Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development, World Blind Union (WBU)

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UNHabitat launched a global flagship programme: "People-focused Smart Cities" at the 10th World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi, February 10, 2020. The programme promotes the deployment of technological innovations to realize sustainability, inclusivity, prosperity and human rights and to make the urban digital transformation work for the benefit of all. Recently, WBU signed an MoU with UNHabitat to work together towards accessible cities. WBU Programme Officer for Accessibility in Smart Cities, Mr. Hannes J. Lagrelius, is featured in the launch video. Check it out:

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An introduction of the WBU Accessibility in Smart Cities and Sustainable Urban Development Programme by Hannes J. Lagrelius , WBU Program Officer, Accessibility in Smart Cities Initiative: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQJJAakNp7w
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQJJAakNp7w​

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"Leave no one and no place behind": What does it mean?
Hannes J. Lagrelius , WBU Programme Officer, Accessibility in Smart Cities Initiative recaps on discussions around this Sustainable Development Goals  commitment: "Leave no one and no place behind" during the UN-Habitat Stakeholder forum held in Nairobi, Kenya, 25-26. The theme of the Forum was "Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG94n1aWwFI
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UN Habitat Global Stakeholder Forum 
Over 200 stakeholders drawn from all regions converged at the United Nations Offices in Nairobi, Kenya for the first biennial global stakeholder forum. The two-day forum which attracted representatives of all partner groups  was jointly organized by UN-Habitat and its stakeholders. The pre-assembly forum took place the weekend before the first session of the United Nations UN-Habitat Assembly.

In his welcoming remarks, Mr. Victor Kisob, Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat, stated that partnerships were crucial to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda in cities and communities, with national, subnational and local governments, UN agencies, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders working together at all levels.Read more on UN-Habitat website​.

Hannes J. Lagrelius, WBU Programme Officer for Accessibility in Smart Cities Initiative and representatives from AFUB (African Union of the Blind) participated at the Forum. In this video, Hannes recaps the key deliberations at the Forum whose theme was "Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jde9LIQTobA 

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Urban development and innovation
Judith Hermanson, President and CEO of IHC Global, a non-profit global membership coalition of organizations, businesses and individuals engaged in urban development worldwide, talks about innovation during the UN-Habitat General Assembly held in Nairobi, Kenya, 27-31 May 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDAh3bABAz4
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Judith Hermanson, President and CEO of IHC Global

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Accessibility in public spaces
Luisa Bravo, Member and President of City Space Architecture, a non-profit cultural association based in Bologna, Italy, to promote public space culture. She talks about accessibility in public spaces for people with disabilities.​https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdgcfqlSzik

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Luisa Bravo, Member and President of City Space Architecture

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Global online platform for urban agenda: The European Union and UN-Habitat hosted an event at the UN-Habitat Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, 27 – 31 May 2019.  WBU Programme Officer for Accessibility in Smart Cities Initiative, Hannes J. Lagrelius highlights the event., including discussions about launching a global online platform for the new urban agenda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S74tq7DzQg
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Focus on  persons with disabilities at UN Habitat Assembly 
Hannes J. Lagrelius, WBU Programme Officer for Accessibility in Smart Cities Initiative sums up key highlights of the UN Habitat Assembly with reference to persons with disabilities. The Assembly was held on 27-31 May 2019, at the headquarters of UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZSIhwD4r08

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UN Habitat to include persons with disabilities in Strategic Plan
WBU welcomes UN Habitat decision to include persons with disabilities in their new strategic plan. WBU Programme Officer, Hannes Lagrelius, recaps the conclusion of the UN Habitat Assembly held in Nairobi, Kenya, 27-31 May 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny94vsjUu-E

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An interview with Mr. Elkin Velasquez, UN-Habitat´s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, by Hannes J. Lagrelius, WBU Programme Officer, Accessibility in Smart Cities Initiative during the Latin America Smart City Congress 2019 (LATAM Expo) held in Puebla, Mexico July 2-4, 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux7ShRJax0k
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