The Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) is a regional center for those with disabilities and development. APCD was established in Bangkok, Thailand as a legacy of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 1993-2002, with joint collaboration of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, the Royal Thai Government and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Government of Japan.
APCD was endorsed by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) as a regional cooperative base for its Biwako Millennium Framework for an inclusive society in the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 2003-2012. ESCAP identified APCD as the regional center on disability for the Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real, 2013-2022. In cooperation with more than 30 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Organization for the Economic Co‐operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank recognized APCD as a good model project globally for South‐to‐South Cooperation.
APCD is currently managed by the Foundation of Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD Foundation) under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
The Government of Thailand resolved to establish APCD in Bangkok on 31July 2001. APCD began the implementation on 1 August 2002. According to the cabinet resolution, the management was transferred from the Government of Thailand to the Foundation of Asia‐Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD Foundation) under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 2007.
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