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 participated in the official launch of the Urdu version of the Incheon Strategy in Islamabad, Pakistan. The move came as part of renewed efforts by the Government of Pakistan to strengthen laws and policies that protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities.
ESCAP supported the Government of Cambodia in its efforts to establish the evidence base on the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities.
The “Review of the Economic Costs of Disability” paper discusses the economic costs to society emanating from the lower supply of labour by persons with disabilities as a result of the many barriers they face to their full and effective participation.
The three costs are considered: (i) government spending on disability-related benefits and services; (ii) productivity losses due to the lower employment of persons with disabilities themselves and their family members; and (iii) the additional expenditures imposed on these households as a result of the disability.
Disability at a Glance 2015, the fifth edition in the Disability at a Glance series, focuses on barriers to the employment of persons with disabilities in the Asia-Pacific region, and offers solutions to strengthen their employment prospects.
ESCAP is pleased to mark the 2015 International Day of Persons with Disabilities by launching both a new publication and a newly improved and relocated Accessibility Centre. The theme of the day is ‘Inclusion matters: access and empowerment of people of all abilities’. The day raises awareness about the many barriers faced by more than one billion persons who live with disabilities around the world – 650 million of whom live in the Asia-Pacific region.