Zero Project Conference 2017: Employment, Work, Vocational Education & Training

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

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The Zero Project Conference will be held on the 22 – 24 February, 2017 at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria and it will focus on the issue of employment – both work and more specifically, vocational education and training. The event seeks to connect invitees from many different sectors of society so that they can share and discuss solutions and methodologies that they have found successful, and thereby, in a joint effort, help support the worldwide implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).

Download the programme.

The conference will consist of a variety of formats that include plenary and workshop sessions, an exhibition and the Award Ceremony. Over 500 innovators and leaders from around the world are expected to attend, as well as representatives of Innovative Policies and Practices who will be invited to present solutions to pressing issues regarding employment and disabilities.

View the speakers’ biographies.

This event follows the recently published Zero Project Report 2017: Employment and Vocational Education & Training. The report presents facts on social indicators that measure the implementation of the UN CRPD in 120 countries, using a survey that was completed by experts, both with and without disabilities, from the partner networks of DPI, World Federation of the Deaf, World Blind Union and EASPD.

Download the Zero Project Report 2017.

You can join in using the Live-Webstream at: which covers the Plenary room on all three Conference days.

The Zero Project is part of the work programme of the EFC Disability Thematic Network – DTN, which was launched in April 2009 to ensure a distinctive contribution from the foundation sector in promoting the ratification and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The DTN serves as a hub for knowledge exchange among EFC members working on disability issues, including Essl Foundation.

For more information about the work of the Disability Thematic Network and the Zero Project please contact Silvia Balmas at  


22 February 2017 @ 12:30
24 February 2017 @ 17:00
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