Asia and the Pacific alone is home to around 650 million persons with disabilities, i.e. nearly two-thirds of the world’s population of persons with disabilities. The number is expected to rise over the next decades due to several key factors including population ageing, natural disasters, chronic health conditions, road traffic injuries and poor working conditions.
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.
Experts from government and young people with disabilities from approximately 15 countries in Asia-Pacific met in Bangkok at the Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (GITC). The event, which was held from 9 to 10 October at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), focussed on strategies for strengthening IT skills of youth with disabilities as a critical requirement for enhancing their access to information and communication services on an equal basis with others.
ESCAP Champions and Promoters for the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, committed to collective effort in accelerating implementation of the Incheon Strategy to ‘Make the Right Real’ for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific, the guiding policy document of the Decade.
An independent international Jury met on 25 October at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok to select the winners of the ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for Disability-Inclusive Business in Asia and the Pacific. The Jury selected a winner in each of the three Award categories - multinational enterprise, national or subnational enterprise and entrepreneurial business. The winner of the entrepreneurial category will receive a cash prize of up to US $100,000 to further expand their existing initiative.
The ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for disability-inclusive business in Asia-Pacific will recognize businesses that provide enabling working environments, deliver inclusive products and services and/or are innovative in their approach to disability inclusiveness. The award is open to entrepreneurs, national enterprises and multinational enterprises based and operating in any of the 58 countries and territories of the ESCAP region. Nominations for the Award closed on 19 August 2013. Winners will be announced in mid-November 2013.
The 69th Commission session, held in Bangkok, from 25 April to 1 May 2013, decided on the membership of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022. The Working Group, comprising 15 members States and 15 CSOs is the first of its kind to have an equal representation of member States and CSOs. It will have as its main task to provide technical advice and support to members States for their full and effective implementation of the new Decade.
150 representatives of ESCAP member States, the United Nations system and other international organizations as well as civil society organizations, including organizations of and for persons with disabilities, assembled at "The Way Forward: Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on a Disability-inclusive Development Agenda towards 2015 and Beyond", held in Bangkok from 15 to 16 May 2013.
The 69th Commission session, held in Bangkok, from 25 April to 1 May 2013, endorsed, through its resolution 69/13, the Ministerial Declaration and the Incheon Strategy. Both documents were adopted by the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Final Review of the Implementation of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 2003-2012, held in late 2012.
Businesses that recognize the added value of diversity are now eligible for the pioneering ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for Disability-Inclusive Business in Asia and the Pacific. The Award, developed in partnership by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Nippon Foundation (TNF), and the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), recognizes the leadership of companies that provide enabling working environments, deliver inclusive products and services, and are innovative in their disability-inclusive approach.
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
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The 2012 London Paralympics captivated the world's attention with the strength of the human spirit demonstrated by persons with disabilities. We were all moved by the determination and perseverance of the athletes to overcome the odds that defeat so many of us.