Networking Partner

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Knowledge Partner

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is the leading international organization dedicated to the promotion of accessibility of the built and virtual environments.

GAATES is working to improve access for the estimated one billion people with disabilities around the world. People are marginalized by the lack of accessibility to the built environment, transportation and related facilities, as well as lack of access to information and communications.

Registered as a non-profit NGO in Canada, GAATES was incorporated in 2007 by an international consortium dedicated to promoting accessibility worldwide, and has an international presence in 6 regions: the Asia-Pacific, Arab, North America, South America, European and African Regions.

GAATES has completed numerous projects for a variety of UN Agencies, Governments and organizations in the private sector. These projects have been in the sectors of Education, ICT, Disaster Risk Reduction & Emergency Preparedness, Codes, Standards and Policy Development, and Accessible Buildings Guidelines Design. Additional major projects have addressed architectural and urban construction and renovations.

GAATES has cooperative agreements with other leading International and National disability organizations, as well as with other leading Universal Design and accessibility related networks, professional associations and organizations.

GAATES obtained consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in 2008. Since that time, GAATES has actively been involved with a number of UN departments and agencies, delivering a number of presentations and undertaking important research projects.

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Supporting Organisation

QGBC was launched in 2009 by Qatar Foundation to promote and equip a sustainable building industry for Qatar, thus responding to Qatar National Vision 2030’s call for sustainable development and environmental protection.

Qatar Green Building Council is driving sustainable growth in Qatar through education and networking programmes, demonstrating commitment to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and environment-friendly building-practices. We operate along three pillars: technical expertise development, research and innovation, and sustainability education and training.

QGBC, a non-profit organization, depends on the strength of its members and volunteers to promote and achieve its vision in the best way possible. Since its founding in 2009, QGBC has developed a relatively large network of members who take on various responsibilities including volunteering, supporting QGBC by steering the agendas of the various interest groups, driving sustainability initiatives, providing support at events, and conducting education outreach initiatives.

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