China-EU Disabled Persons' Meeting held in New York
China and the EU delegation to the United Nations co-hosted the meeting, in order to promote their cooperation in disability work.
Zhang Haidi, chairwoman of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF) and president of Rehabilitation International, delivered a keynote speech, introducing the tremendous progress made in the field of social security, rehabilitation, education, employment, culture and sports, and big data construction in the cause of the disabled over the last 30 years in China.
A meeting on realizing the equal rights and integration of persons with disabilities is held in New York.[photo/cdpf.org.cn]
The EU delegate introduced the EU's practice and experience in fulfilling the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and stated that it always attaches importance to cooperation in disability matters with the Chinese government and the CDPF.
Representatives attending the meeting expressed their appreciation for Zhang’s speech and responded positively. They held heated discussions on the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities.
Both China and the EU are facing problems such as an aging population. Therefore, it is very necessary to strengthen cooperation in the disability area between China and the EU.
This is the first time China and the EU jointly organized a thematic meeting on disability during a UN conference.
Both parties agreed that China and the EU should further strengthen pragmatic cooperation in the field of disability, explore bilateral exchange mechanisms, conduct regular dialogues towards reaching the goals of persons with disabilities in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and promote equal participation and integration of the disabled.
The meeting also held special discussions on strengthening the protection of the rights of disabled people and promoting their integration and development. Representatives of the CDPF made speeches during the discussion, and introduced the achievements made by China in the field of rehabilitation in recent years.