Senior Officials? Meeting on South-to-South Cooperation on Disability in collaboration with UNESCAP, Thailand 19-20 August 2010
Group Photo by Participants of Senior Officials’ Meeting on South-to-South Cooperation on Disability
Presentation by SM Supermalls (Representative from Business Sector)
Roundtable Discussion among Business Enterprises regarding Socially Inclusive Business Development
APCD’s CBR Training Participants at the United Nations Conference Centre
Press Release UNESCAP News Services
ESCAP hosts ASEAN countries to discuss means to empower disabled persons ESCAP/APCD Meeting on South-to-South Cooperation on Disability concludes in Bangkok Bangkok (UN ESCAP Information Services) – As the Asian and Pacific region struggles to sustain its dynamism in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, the estimated 400 million disabled persons living in the region are emerging as a force for change, including for their still mostly untapped consumer power.
APCD’s news on South-to-South Cooperation on Disability, 20 August 2010
On 19-20 August 2010, the “Senior Government Officials Meeting on South-to-South Cooperation on Disability” was organized by UNESCAP and APCD in collaboration with JICA. News about this meeting was publicized as follows through the UN News Service.
Persons with disabilities can play vital role in Asia-Pacific economy – UN
20 August 2010 – A United Nations meeting which wrapped up in Bangkok today has encouraged businesses to embrace the rights and concerns of persons with disabilities, highlighting the untapped consumer power represented by an estimated 400 million people in the Asia-Pacific region.
Over 60 participants at the two-day regional meeting on South-to-South Cooperation on Disability, including Government officials and representatives of businesses and disabled persons’ organizations, explored ways in which business development plans and employment practices could become more inclusive.
The meeting, held at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in the Thai capital, adopted a statement urging leadership development of persons with disabilities and the promotion of socially inclusive business development as priorities for the next regional decade on disability.
The Second Asia-Pacific Decade for Disabled Persons will conclude in 2012, and the Bangkok meeting recommended that governments in the region proclaim a new regional decade on disability starting from 2013.
“Many of the 400 million or so persons with disabilities in the region live in rural and isolated areas in conditions of abject poverty, encountering deep and persistent barriers,” noted Nanda Krairiksh, Director of the Social Development Division of ESCAP.
“Viewing them as contributors to our region’s economic dynamism, as entrepreneurs, employees or an emerging market segment enhances everyone’s prospects for prosperity,” she said.
The meeting, organized by ESCAP and the Asia-Pacific Development Centre on Disability (APCD), in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), also reviewed the implementation of the Biwako Millennium Framework for Action – a regional plan for a barrier-free and rights-based society for persons with disabilities.
(Source: UN News Service)
Now everyone can really fly
(Source: Bangkok Post, Business Section, 30 August 2010)