Message for midterm review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022
MESSAGE FOR MIDTERM REVIEW OF THE ASIAN AND PACIFIC DECADE OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, 2013-2022
Beijing, 30 November 2017
Resilience is central to achieving sustainable development. In its pledge to leave no one behind, the 2030 Agenda embodies a commitment to building the capacities of those who face ">
In recent years, the international community has achieved notable progress in advancing the rights of the world’s one billion persons with disabilities. Disability is recognized as a cross-cutting issue in the 2030 Agenda, the New Urban Agenda and the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction.
Yet, persons with disabilities remain too often excluded from the design, planning and implementation of policies and programmes that have an impact on their lives. Too often they face discrimination in labour markets and in access to education and other services.
To overcome this challenge, the path towards inclusive, accessible, usable facilities, technologies, infrastructure, services and products must be ensured by, for and with persons with disabilities. We must build on their agency, working together to design, develop and implement affordable and innovative solutions to realize equality for all.
I commend the Asia-Pacific region for being the first in the world to adopt a regional framework to address the issues of disability-inclusive development. The Member States in the region and ESCAP have demonstrated to the world the panorama of possibilities that can be opened for persons with disabilities. It remains crucial to eliminate stereotypes and raise awareness, especially of the particular challenges faced by women with disabilities. I am particularly grateful to the Government of China and the China Disabled Persons’ Federation for their dedicated work and advocacy. Please accept my best wishes as you deepen your efforts ’s to ‘Make the Right Real’ for the Asia-Pacific region’s 690 million persons with disabilities.
Let us remove physical and cultural barriers, build resilient societies and create opportunities that truly leave no one behind.