One in every six persons in Asia and the Pacific has some form of disability: 650 million men, women and children. The number is expected to rise over the next decades due to population ageing, natural disasters, chronic health conditions, road traffic injuries, poor working conditions and other factors.
The Incheon Strategy will enable the Asian and Pacific region to track progress towards improving the quality of life, and the fulfilment of the rights, of the region’s 650 million persons with disabilities, most of whom live in poverty.
ESCAP supported the Government of the Philippines in monitoring the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities, by conducting a fact-finding-cum-advisory mission to Manila from 28 to 30 April 2015.
A campaign promoting employment for persons with severe disabilities was launched on 23 April 2015 in the Republic of Korea. The campaign named the ‘Happiness Factory Making Campaign’ seeks to create jobs for persons with severe disabilities and intends to encourage integration into the open labour market. The campaign is a noteworthy contribution to regional efforts implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Incheon Strategy. The campaign was opened by Mr. Moon Hyung-pyo, Minister of Health and Welfare, Mr.
In support of the Government of Mongolia in its efforts to monitor the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities, an ESCAP team undertook a mission to Ulaanbaatar from 20 to 24 April 2015.
Further to Commission resolution 69/13 of 1 May 2013 on implementation of the Ministerial Declaration on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, and the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific, the road map highlights overarching actions that need to be taken so as to set in motion the timely implementation of the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific.
The Second Session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities was organized by ESCAP (SDD in cooperation with SRO-SSWA) and hosted by the Government of India. H.E. Mr. Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, inaugurated the Session, reaffirming the Government of India's commitment to regional cooperation on disability-inclusive development in Asia and the Pacific.