ESCAP participated in the official launch of the Urdu version of the Incheon Strategy in Islamabad, Pakistan. The move came as part of renewed efforts by the Government of Pakistan to strengthen laws and policies that protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities.
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The Third Session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities is being organized by ESCAP in cooperation with the Royal Government of Thailand through the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, from 2 to 4 March 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand.
ESCAP hosted the opening ceremony of the 2015 Art for All camp this week, which offers young people with a range of disabilities the opportunity to develop their skills and talents by engaging in artistic activities.
The ceremony took place on 29 July 2015, at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, and featured musical and dance performances from some of Art for All’s young participants, many of whom are deaf and hard of hearing; blind and partially sighted; young persons with intellectual disabilities, and young persons with physical disabilities.
When Kazakhstan ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) earlier this year, it also marked the early achievement of the Incheon Strategy goal to achieve ten new ratifications in Asia and the Pacific by 2017. Kazakhstan ratified the treaty on 21 April 2015, becoming the 37th country in the region, and the 154th country in the world to do so.
The Second Session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities was organized by ESCAP (SDD in cooperation with SRO-SSWA) and hosted by the Government of India. H.E. Mr. Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, inaugurated the Session, reaffirming the Government of India's commitment to regional cooperation on disability-inclusive development in Asia and the Pacific.