China to host high-level UN meet­ing on dis­abil­ity-in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment in Asia-Pa­cific

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IS­LAM­ABAD: High-level In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Meet­ing on theMid­point Re­view of the Asian and Pa­cific Decade of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties (2013-2022) will be held from 27 Novem­ber to 1 De­cem­ber in Bei­jing, with coun­tries set to agree on the fu­ture pol­icy di­rec­tion for build­ing dis­abil­ity-in­clu­sive so­ci­eties in the re­gion.

Asia and the Pa­cific is home to 690 mil­lion per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties, one in ev­ery six per­sons, and this num­ber is ex­pected to rise due to pop­u­la­tion age­ing, nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, chronic health con­di­tions, road traf­fic in­juries and poor work­ing con­di­tions.

Per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties are among the most marginal­ized groups in the re­gion. They are more vul­ner­a­ble to poverty and un­em­ploy­ment, and their po­ten­tial to con- trib­ute to eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment in so­ci­eties re­mains un­locked.

Or­ga­nized by the United Na­tions Eco­nomic and So­cial Com­mis­sion for Asia and the Pa­cific (ESCAP), in co­op­er­a­tion with the China Dis­abled Per­sons’ Fed­er­a­tion (CDPF), the meet­ing will pro­vide a plat­form for coun­tries to pro­mote dis­abil­ity-in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment and sup­port the re­al­iza­tion of rights of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties.

It will re­view base­line data on progress made in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the In­cheon Strat­egy to “Make the Right Real” for Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties in Asia-Pa­cific, and demon­strate how dis­abil­ity-in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment will help to achieve the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals.

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