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.
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ESCAP conducted stakeholder consultations in Jakarta and Semarang, Indonesia from 13 to 17 September 2016 to obtain feedback on an ESCAP-developed e-learning course on disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction. The consultations included high-level representatives from the National Disaster Management Authority as well as from organizations of persons with disabilities.
ESCAP organized a series of stakeholders consultations on an ESCAP-developed e-learning course on disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction in the Philippines from 5 to 9 September 2016. The e-learning course primarily aims to enhance the technical knowledge of policy makers in implementing measures on disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction. Two consultations were held in Manila and two were held in Cebu, both of which targeted policy makers, specialists in disability and disaster risk reduction as well as persons with disabilities affected by disasters.
ESCAP hosted the opening ceremony of the 20th “Art for All” Camp on 15 July 2016 at the UNCC, Bangkok. The camp, annually organized by the Art for All Foundation, provides a platform for approximately 150 Thai students with disabilities to enhance their creativity and build their confidence in developing themselves in society.
ESCAP organized a national consultation on disability statistics for the Government of the Marshall Islands in Majuro from 15 to 17 February 2016. The 3-day consultation aimed at supporting the Government in its efforts to establish by 2017 the evidence base on the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities and involved many stakeholders including the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Economic Policy, Planning and Statistics Office, the Nitijela (Parliament) and disabled people's organizations.