Message on the high-level intergovernmental meeting on the midpoint review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022
ON THE MIDPOINT REVIEW OF THE ASIAN AND PACIFIC
DECADE OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, 2013-2022
Beijing, 30 November 2017
On behalf of the Chinese government and people, and in my own name, I would like to express warm congratulations on the convocation of the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Midpoint Review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, and extend a sincere welcome to you all: officials of the United Nations bodies, representatives from the Asia-Pacific countries and regions, and participants from various sectors. I also want to express my deep appreciation of the effective efforts ESCAP has made to promote the cause for persons with disabilities.
Persons with disabilities are equal members of the human community. We must devote particular care and attention to them, if we are to promote global sustainable development and achieve the goal of leaving no one behind. Along with the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is increasingly becoming a shared vision and common action of the international community and countries of the world to safeguard the equal rights and interests of persons with disabilities and support disability-inclusive development. Asia-Pacific countries and regions have enjoyed long-standing friendly cooperative relations in disability-related affairs. The Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities was initiated by China in Beijing. It has greatly propelled Asia-Pacific countries and regions to learn from each other, and set an example of cooperation to benefit persons with disabilities.
Since reform and opening up began, China has made remarkable progress in the work for persons with disabilities. At its 19th National Congress, the Communist Party of China pledged that China will ensure and improve living standards through development with a people-centered approach. China will make greater efforts to develop the cause for persons with disabilities, and promote their well-rounded development and common prosperity. China will, as always, work to advance common progress in disability-related affairs in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
I hope the Meeting will make new contribution to the well-being of persons with disabilities living in the Asia-Pacific region.
I wish the Meeting a great success!
PRESIDENT, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA