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WBU Expands Global initiatives with appointment of four new fellows

Friday November 13th, 2020
The World Blind Union (WBU) has recruited four new fellows to support the WBU-NORADs’ Project Fellowship and the WBU-IW (Inclusion Works Project) under the IDA’s Fellowship Programme. The International Disability Alliance (IDA) Fellowship Programme has a dual objective of providing support to IDA members’ operational capacity to advance the rights of persons with disabilities and... View Article

WBU and CBM Global launch new Accessibility Guide

Monday November 2nd, 2020
Press Release: The World Blind Union (WBU) and CBM Global Disability Inclusion have launched the new Accessibility GO! A Guide to Action. With 10 years to realise the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, accessibility is the foundation to building a more inclusive, equitable world where no-one is left behind in line with the UN Convention on... View Article

WBU expresses solidarity with members in Turkey

Monday November 2nd, 2020
The World Blind Union extends deepest sympathies to all members in Turkey affected by the powerful earthquake that struck the Aegean Sea last Friday. According to Media reports, dozens of people have died, hundreds injured, and several families have been displaced. It was the deadliest earthquake in Turkey since one in the eastern city of... View Article

WBU Statement on World Cities day, 31 October 2020

Tuesday October 27th, 2020
October 31st, 2020 is World Cities day. Under the overarching theme of Better City, Better Life, the aim of the day is to focus the international community’s attention on urbanisation as a central issue for development and to encourage cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing urban challenges towards sustainable development. The sub-theme for this year... View Article

WBU statement on White Cane Safety Day on Thursday 15 October 2020

Thursday October 15th, 2020
The World Blind Union (WBU) joins the rest of the world in observing White Cane Safety Day on Thursday 15th October 2020. White Cane Safety Day reminds the world of the importance of the White Cane as a tool for independent living for persons who are blind and partially sighted. As the world grapples with... View Article

Messages of condolence for WBU Secretary General, Mr Ajai Kumar Mittal

Thursday October 1st, 2020
We at the World Blind Union (WBU) were shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of our Secretary General, Mr Ajai Kumar Mittal,  on 22 September 2020. Mr. Mittal passed away at Yatharth hospital, Noida Extension, in India. He left behind his wife Meera, daughter Nitika and son in law, Dushyant. Mr. Mittal was the Secretary... View Article

WBU Global Report – COVID-19, Amplifying Voices, Our Lives, Our Say

Wednesday August 26th, 2020
The World Blind Union (WBU) conducted a webinar on 4 September 2020 to launch a global report – “COVID-19, AMPLIFYING VOICES: OUR LIVES, OUR SAY” examining the extent to which COVID-19 pandemic has exposed some deep structural inequalities in society. Data gathered from the study is evidencing that persons with disabilities, older persons, and persons... View Article

IDA-IDDC statement on the Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Thursday July 9th, 2020
The International Disability Alliance (IDA) & International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) have released a statement to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day, today Thursday 21 May 2020. Please read the following and visit the IDA website for more information: “Through our accessibility campaign, we called on United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and several UN agencies... View Article

WBU Call to Action -19 Actions for an inclusive Covid-19 response

Thursday May 7th, 2020
This Call for Action is produced by World Blind Union, the global organisation representing the estimated 253 million persons who are blind and partially sighted worldwide. The actions are in line with recommendations by other Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (DPOs) and reflect the urgent needs of WBUs constituency following the spread of COVID-19 and... View Article

WBU calls for accessible and inclusive services on Corona Virus

Monday March 30th, 2020
The World Blind Union is calling on governments and national leaders to ensure that public information and health care communication messages regarding the Corona Virus Pandemic are accessible to all including the blind and partially sighted persons. Essential information should be made available in accessible formats such as braille, audio, large print, plain language and... View Article

WBU-ICEVI Joint General Assemblies Postponed to 21-26 May 2021

Monday March 30th, 2020
Dear Members and Friends, The World Blind Union (WBU), the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI), and the Organización Nacional de (ONCE) announce the postponement of the joint WBU and ICEVI general assemblies. The WBU/ICEVI joint general assemblies will be held from May 21 through 26, 2021 in Madrid. Thanks to... View Article
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