Quito became the first city in the country and in Latin America to have a public building, certified in accessibility and universal design, by the 'Global Universal Desing Commission' (GUDC), a US corporation that develops standards for buildings, products and services.
Global Universal Design Commission
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GUDC in Action
The first President, Lenin Moreno, will receive on Monday, January 14, 2019 Peter Blanck, head of the Board of the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC), at the Government Palace, according to the General Secretariat of Communication of the Presidency.
On Jan. 17, 2019, the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) will deliver—through GUDC Chairman Professor Peter Blanck—its first certification in compliance with commission standards outside the United States, to the Metropolitan Convention Center of Quito, Ecuador.
The GUDC Global Universal Design Commission is a non-profit corporation created under the laws of the State of New York, USA in 2008. It develops and promotes the understanding and use of Universal Design in the design and development of buildings, products and environments be used by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptations, improvements or specialized design. GUDC has developed the Universal Design Standards for Public Use Buildings, seeking their adoption and application in public and private buildings for institutional and commercial use.
“Let’s look at safety, let’s look at convenience; let’s look at access, and how to give and empower people with the most independence we can,” Rossetti says. “It’s not difficult; it’s just about designing it to work in the long-term—for all the members of the family—right from the beginning. Do it right from the beginning.”
On Aug. 26, 2018, Joshua Heintz presented the 10th annual Joshua Heintz Award for Humanitarian Achievement award to Allyson Caison and Christina Cowger. They were the founding members of "North Carolina Stop Torture Now". The program works to end America's Rendition, Detention and Interrogation program. This award was part of the 12th International Humanitarian Law Dialogs at the Robert H. Jackson Center and Chautauqua Institution in Jamestown, New York.