Inclusive Africa Conference 2020 @ Trademark Hotel, Village Market, Nairobi
Mar 29 – Mar 31 all-day

About The Conference

The INCLUSIVE AFRICA CONFERENCE provides a dynamic new forum to explore global best practices that improve accessibility and inclusion for all people, particularly persons with disabilities and the elderly.

The conference agenda will include discussions about the impact of digital accessibility on employment, education, government services, businesses and plenty of face-to-face opportunities to share knowledge and network.

Conference Objectives

  • Raise awareness among leaders — government representatives, educators, ICT sector, Fintech, city planners, business leaders and other African countries — about the long-term benefits of digital inclusion (assistive technology and digital accessibility)
  • Showcase global best practices in implementing accessibility standards, policies and programs: UK Digital Government Service,Australian Government Accessibility Policy,European Accessibility Act and more
  • Promote Universal Design & Inclusive Innovations: How are IT innovations being used to generate more inclusive settings, products and services. Examples: M-PESA (mobile payment), Lazarillo (wayfinding app and platform), Netflix (captioning of series).
Business for Smart Cities Expo Congress @ Congress and Exhibition Center "PARKOVY"
Apr 22 – Apr 24 all-day
Business for Smart Cities Expo Congress @ Congress and Exhibition Center "PARKOVY"

About the event

Expo – Congress “Business for Smart Cities” (BSC) is an annual global event which gathers the leaders of the region and international experts to address solutions to the problems of their cities, and find the most appropriate partners to develop innovative projects and services.

BSC is neither a conference nor a typical discussion event. It is a platform for decision makers of big global firms and other global businesses, and city leaders to find partners and solutions to their challenges by application of the Smart Cities concept. It also provides an opportunity for start-ups, and small and medium enterprises to identify investors and create projects of common interest. The investors may discover attractive options for providing high-return funding.

The 1st Expo – Congress “BUSINESS FOR SMART CITIES” took place on 29-31 January 2019 at the NSC “Olimpiyskyi”, Kyiv, Ukraine.
The event has gathered about 2000 participants and  140 speakers from 30 countries, including:

  • 26 representatives of international organizations (EBRD, IFC,  Global Infrastructure Hub, UNECE, HABITAT, UN Global Compact),
  • 49 representatives of public authorities,
  • 65 representatives of private business.

Expo – Congress was visited by delegations of 12 embassies of foreign countries in Ukraine, in particular: Austria, Azerbaijan, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Hungary, Japan, USA.
The exhibition included stands of foreign and Ukrainian companies and Ukrainian cities.
Detailed information about the 1st Expo – Congress (photo and video materials, presentations, speakers and partners of the event) is available in the relevant section of the web-site.

The 2nd Expo – Congress “BUSINESS FOR SMART CITIES” will take place 22-24 April 2020 in Congress and Exhibition Center “Parkovy”, Kyiv, Ukraine.
Main topic of the event – “CITY 5.0: FROM DESIGN TO IMPLEMENTATION”

In the framework of the event it is planned:

More than 5000 m2 of exhibition space, where stands of main players in smart cities will be presented.

Three congresses:


Six conferences:
Devoted to concrete directions, each of which is designed for 100 participants (2 parallel conferences per day during three days).

Other events:
In the framework of the Expo – Congress, we plan to organize side events  with UNECE, United Smart Cities and OIER, specialized seminars, agoras etc.

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Universal Design Conference @ Melbourne, Australia
May 12 – May 13 all-day

​About the Conference

Centre for Universal Design Australia is delighted to bring you the 4th Australian Universal Design Conference. After the success of previous conferences we have set our sights across the wide world of universal design. This year the theme is, “Thriving with Universal Design: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday”. The theme provides opportunity for anyone working with or researching universal design and inclusive practice to contribute to this growing body of work. This conference comes with a promise to broaden delegates’ thinking about the many ways universal design can be utilised and applied.

About Universal Design

Universal design is a process of thinking and designing inclusively, whether it is a house, website, product, service, or a learning program. Universal design is itself explained in a diversity of ways across the world: “design-for-all” and “inclusive design” are other terms used. Designing universally means being inclusive of a diverse population. It is a process that enables everyone to participate in social and economic life regardless of age, background or level of capability.

Access Israel’s 8th International Conference on the Future of Accessibility @ Tel Aviv, Israel
May 22 – May 26 all-day

Access Israel is the leading non-profit organization in Israel dedicated to promoting accessibility and inclusion for people with all kinds of disabilities and the elderlies to improve their lives in all spheres of life.

Access Israel was established in 1999 by Yuval Wagner in order to transform Israel in to an accessible and inclusive society. Yuval was a helicopter fighter pilot in the Israeli army before he became wheelchair bound due to a helicopter accident during his service. In addition to his new found situation, Yuval felt like a prisoner in his own home due to the lack of accessibility in Israel at the time. However, Yuval did not accept the situation as it was and established Access Israel in order to create a more accessible and inclusive society.

For more information on Access Israel and the work we do, please visit our website:

One of the organization’s flag events to promote this cause is the ‘Access Israel Annual International Conference’.

Access Israel’s 8th International Conference will take place during the 22-26 of May 2020
and will focus on “The Future of Accessibility”. The conference includes various exciting events over
five days.

Please click here to get an impression of last year’s conference.

RightsCon 2020 @ Costa Rica Convention Center
Jun 9 – Jun 12 all-day
Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Jun 10 – Jun 12 all-day
Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted by the General Assembly by its resolution 61/106 of 13 December 2006. It came into force on 3 May 2008 upon the 20th ratification. Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that “The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.” Since 2008, 12 sessions of the Conference of States Parties have been held at United Nations Headquarters, New York.

The 13th session, per decided by States Parties at the 12th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) in June 2019, will be scheduled to take place at the United Nations Headquarters, New York,  from 10 to 12 June 2020, during which an election of  nine members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with disabilities will be conducted.

  • President: Ecuador (Latin American and Caribbean Group)
  • Vice-Presidents: Liberia (African Group), Singapore (Asia-Pacific Group), Hungary (Eastern European Group) and Finland (Western European and Others Group)

Theme and sub-themes (forthcoming)

Provisional agenda and programme (forthcoming)

Election of the Members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Details announcements will be made available in the UN Journal and a Note of the Secretary-General. For more information, please visit the website of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Elections 2020.

Civil Society Participation
The active participation of the broad-based civil society, including in particular Organizations of persons with disabilities and other stakeholders, has become a critical element in the work of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP) since its inception in 2008.

For the forthcoming 13th session of the Conference of States Parties, the Bureau and the Secretariat will continue this practice. Processes are currently underway in order to consult and proactively involve and engage civil society especially representative organizations of persons with disabilities for their participation in the work for the 13th session, in line with the Rules of Procedure of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD ( CSP/CRPD/2008/3). More details for the announcement will be in forthcoming.

M-Enabling Summit @ Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
Jun 22 – Jun 24 all-day

The M-Enabling Summit Conference and Showcase is dedicated to promoting accessible and assistive technology for senior citizens and users of all abilities. It is an annual meeting place for all who implement digital accessibility strategies or develop enabling ICT products, services for workplaces, learning environments or consumer markets.  With its theme of “Digital Inclusion Strategies: A Catalyst for Action”, the 2020 M-Enabling Summit will highlight how organizations can successfully leverage innovative enabling technologies to make their digital workplaces, learning environments and product and services accessible to users of all abilities.