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 was invited to give a presentation at the "Capacity Development Workshop for Strengthening Cooperation among Disability Experts", held from 19 to 21 November 2014 in Incheon, the Republic of Korea. At the Workshop, ESCAP emphasized the importance of close collaboration with disabled people's organizations for an effective implementation of the Incheon Strategy. The workshop was attended by over 40 disability experts from several civil society organizations of, and for, persons with disabilities based in the Republic of Korea'.
ESCAP collaborated with the Government of Viet Nam, Asia-Pacific Development Centre on Disability, UNICEFF, JICA and Japan-ASEAN cooperation in organizing the event, “Make the Right Real: Ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”, held on 3 December 2014 in Hanoi, Viet Nam. The event was held to publicly announce and celebrate the Government's finalization of the process of the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
ESCAP/SDD was invited to participate in a panel discussion at an international conference on role of ICTs for persons with disabilities entitled "From Exclusion to Empowerment", organized by UNESCO and the Government of India from 24 to 26 November 2014 in New Delhi, India.
ESCAP/SDD was invited to deliver a key note statement on the implementation of the Incheon Strategy at the 2014 Asia and Pacific Disability Forum General Assembly and Conference, convened in Hanoi from 26 to 29 November 2014. On 28 November 2014, during the course of the Conference, the Government of Viet Nam announced that this day it had ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
ESCAP/SDD was invited to give the keynote speech at the World Blind Union-Asia Pacific Mid-term Regional General Assembly 2014, held in Hong Kong, China on 21 November 2014. ESCAP underscored the critical role that World Blind Union (WBU) could play in implementing the Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific. The Assembly, attended by 350 participants, adopted the Hong Kong Statement, in which the WBU reconfirmed their commitment to implement of the Incheon Strategy.