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.
Factsheet outlining background, issues and ESCAP's work related to disability in Asia and the Pacific.
At the opening of the event “Art for All: Overcoming Limitations” on 10 July 2014, ESCAP highlighted the importance the Incheon Strategy can play for children with disabilities. The event was attended by 600 children with and without disabilities as well as participants from Thailand and most other ASEAN countries, and aimed at promoting understanding of disability issues and young people.
The 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (6th AMCDRR) presents a unique opportunity to ensure that the Asian and Pacific inputs to the Hyogo Framework for Action 2 reflect the importance of disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction. To deliver this message, ESCAP is participating in the pre-conference consultation on disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction (22 June 2014) and in the side-event on “The ‘how-to’ of disability-inclusive DRR: from awareness to action” (23 June 2014).
ESCAP, in collaboration with Rehabilitation International and the Nippon Foundation, organized the “Asia-Pacific Meeting on Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction: Changing Mindsets through Knowledge” in Sendai, Japan, on 22 and 23 April 2014.
On 13 March 2014, Georgia became the 34th country in Asia and the Pacific, and the 143rd in the world, to join the group of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
The Convention was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 13 December 2006, through its resolution 61/106, and came into force on 3 May 2008, upon the 20th ratification.
More than 65 government representatives and key stakeholders from civil society and academia in Bhutan attended the national launch of the Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real for Persons with Disabilities. The Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Ms. Sangay Zam, speaking on behalf of the Minister of Education, pledged Bhutan’s commitment to successfully implement the Incheon Strategy and to ensure that all stakeholders work together to achieve the goals and targets set out in the Strategy.
H.E. Mr. Elbegdorj Tsakhiagiin, the President of Mongolia, pledged the nation’s commitment to the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Ulaanbaatar on 26 March 2014. During the national event held at the Government Building, over 800 participants, representing Government, organizations of persons with disabilities, NGOs and the private sector in Mongolia, attended this high-level launch of the Incheon Strategy.
The Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, was inaugurated at Incheon, Republic of Korea, with the mandate of providing technical advice and support for the full and effective implementation of the Decade.
As an ESCAP advisory and governance mechanism for the present Decade, the Working Group membership is characterized by equal representation from governments and civil society organizations. Its 30 members were decided upon by the Commission at its 69th session in May 2013.
ESCAP Resolution 69/13: 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 inaugural ceremony for the ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for Disability-Inclusive Business in Asia and the Pacific presented its first Winners today. Three companies were awarded for outstanding achievement in responding to the needs of persons with disabilities in their business operations.