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 hosted the opening ceremony of the 2015 Art for All camp this week, which offers young people with a range of disabilities the opportunity to develop their skills and talents by engaging in artistic activities.
The ceremony took place on 29 July 2015, at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, and featured musical and dance performances from some of Art for All’s young participants, many of whom are deaf and hard of hearing; blind and partially sighted; young persons with intellectual disabilities, and young persons with physical disabilities.
The Social Development Division (SDD) delivered the opening statement at the 8th Workability Asia Conference in Pattaya, Thailand, 8 July 2015. The Conference was organized by Workability Thailand, and the Redemptorist Foundation, with support extended by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, and the Ministry of Labor, Government of Thailand.
The Social Development Division (SDD) conducted a preparatory mission to Shanghai, China, to meet with the Shanghai China Disabled Persons' Federation and the Shanghai Public Library to discuss the details of the upcoming ESCAP workshop on information accessibility, to be held 15 to 17 December 2015. The focus of the workshop is to strengthen the capacity of member States to ensure the provision of accessible, available and affordable information for persons with diverse disabilities.
The Social Development Division (SDD) participated in the UNISDR Asia Partnership Meeting, held from 3 to 5 June 2015 in Bangkok. The Meeting was organized by the UNISDR to consult with Governments and other stakeholders, with an aim of providing technical inputs for the preparation of the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, to be held in India in 2016.
ESCAP conducted a fact-finding-cum-advisory series of meetings in Thailand from 25 to 30 June 2015 to support the Government's efforts to establish the evidence base on the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities.