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Fifth Pacific Regional Conference on Disabilities

THE Fifth Pacific Regional Conference on Disability (PRCD) started yesterday in Apia, Samoa.

The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) in partnership with Nuanua O’LE Alofa (NOLA) the national disable persons organisation (DPO) in Samoa and funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is hosting the event which will end on February 24.

A statement from PDF said the biennial conference is a platform to dialogue and discuss issues pertaining to building a more inclusive and equitable Pacific for all persons with disabilities.

The theme of the conference is ‘Building a more inclusive and equitable Pacific for all persons with disabilities’.

It focuses on the role of the Sustainable Development Goals in building a more inclusive and equitable Pacific for all persons with disabilities.

“Disability issues to date in all its form, is yet to be fully mainstreamed into national governments policy and translated into action at the national and down to the community level.

“Hence, the conference aims to create a platform for development partners, governments and disability stakeholders from the region to highlight gaps, share best practices and highlight ways in building a more inclusive and equitable society for all persons with disabilities.

“The conference will provide a platform for PDF and its partners to discuss ways that will contribute to the building of a more inclusive and equitable Pacific for all persons with disabilities,” the statement said.

It said in the next three years PDF aims to advocate for the recognition and enjoyment of all human rights for all persons with disabilities.

The statement said the conference will be a stepping stone towards this direction as it will facilitate effective discussions among PDF, its member DPOs and other stakeholders on building a more inclusive and equitable Pacific for all persons with disabilities.

The conference is bringing together people from around the globe to share best practice, challenges and ways forward in ensuring a Pacific that is inclusive of and equitable for all persons with disabilities.

Preceding the main conference are the women and youth with disabilities forum, which open on 20 February 2017 and run concurrently from the 20 to 21 February 2017.

“The forums will bring together women and youth leaders with disabilities  to share thoughts, insights and experiences on priority areas of focus in building an inclusive and equitable Pacific for women and youth with disabilities.

“At the end of each forum, the women and youth with disabilities in the Pacific will provide key recommendations to the main conference outcomes documents, which will support the PDF secretariat in mapping the ways forward for women and girls with disabilities in the next three years,” the statement said.


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