The High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Midpoint Review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, was organized by ESCAP in cooperation with the Government of China through China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF) from 27 November to 1 December 2017 in Beijing.
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A national consultation on disability statistics and Incheon Strategy indicators was organized by ESCAP in Nay Pyi Taw from 27 to 29 June 2017 in cooperation with the Union Government of Myanmar through the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement. The purpose of the consultation was to review the national statistical system from disability perspective and assess the progress, challenges and gaps in Myanmar’s disability policy and data collection.
The Social Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) organized an Expert Group Meeting to review the draft version of the Outcome Document to be adopted at the upcoming High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Midpoint Review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022.
ESCAP and the Government of India jointly organized a three-day national stakeholder consultation on Incheon Strategy indicators and disability statistics in New Delhi from 15 to 17 March 2017.
The Fourth Session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities was held from 1 to 2 March 2017 in Bangkok at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC).
ESCAP co-organized with the Government of Georgia a national stakeholder consultation on disability statistics in Tbilisi from 17 to 19 January 2017.
On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2016, ESCAP participated in a “Make the Right Real” event for persons with disabilities held in Bandar Seri Begawan. The event was jointly organized by the Government of Brunei Darussalam, ESCAP and the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) to celebrate the country’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on 11 April 2016, and promote public awareness of the issues and challenges faced by persons with disabilities in their daily life.
ESCAP, co-organized with the Government of Indonesia, a national consultation in Jakarta from 14 to 16 November 2016 to support the development of an action plan to prepare data for the Incheon Strategy’s 41 core indicators. The consultation consisted of meetings with senior officials and statisticians from 11 ministries including among others the Ministry of Social Affairs, the National Statistics Agency, the Ministry of Manpower and the Ministry of Public Works.
ESCAP conducted a national consultation on disability data collection with the Government of Bhutan from 26 to 28 October 2016. The aim was to build the capacity of Bhutanese policymakers and statisticians in collecting reliable and comparable data on disability and to enhance their awareness of the Incheon Strategy's goals, targets and indicators.
In order to commemorate World Tourism Day 2016, ESCAP participated in a special session on "Tourism for All" held on 26 September 2016 at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. The panel session was organized by the United Nations Word Tourism Organization (WTO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thailand and CNN. The 2016 theme of the Day is "tourism for all - promoting universal accessibility". Opening remarks were delivered by H.E. Ms. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports, Thailand and Mr.