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ESCAP welcomes young artists with disabilities

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. 

Incheon Strategy target on CRPD achieved two years early

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.

Second Session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2-3 March 2015, New Delhi, agreed on actions to enhance disability-inclusive development

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.

ESCAP Guide on Disability Indicators for the Incheon Strategy released

ESCAP published a guidebook on disability indicators for the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific. As a technical reference to conceptual and methodological tools on the 62 indicators of the Incheon Strategy, this publication aims to guide data collection and generation of ESCAP member States which have committed to establishing baseline statistics on disability indicators by 2017, the midpoint of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2013-2022).

Easy-to-understand and pocket-sized version of the Incheon Strategy now available

ESCAP produced an easy-to-understand version of the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities to reach out to the wider public, including persons with diverse disabilities. The easy-to-understand version provides a background to the Incheon Strategy and a description of its Goals, Targets and Indicators in simple language, and with illustrations drawn by a Thai deaf artist.