Seven Promoters for the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the Government of the Republic of Korea honored ten Asia-Pacific Champions of Disability Rights and seven Promoters for the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 2013-2022 during the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Final Review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 2002-2012, held in Incheon, Republic of Korea from 29 October 29 to 2 November 2012.
The Champions were recognized for their outstanding achievements in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities. They include a notable parliamentarian, a community leader in poverty reduction and a women’s rights leader. The Promoters were recognized for their exceptional knowledge and experiences in specialized areas related to the ten goals of the Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific.
The Champions and Promoters were selected by an international jury for the multi-dimensional impact of their work, the wide support they have mobilized and their capacity to serve as role models.
The Champions and Promoters are expected to be the vanguard for raising awareness and catalyzing the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific during the new Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022.
In response to ESCAP’s call for the Asian-Pacific Disability Champions nomination, many governments, NGOs and individuals from the Asia-Pacific region submitted completed nomination forms and support materials for nominees. Receipt of nominations by the secretariat opened in early February and closed in May 2012. Some 50 nominations from over 20 countries and areas were received during this time.
The ESCAP secretariat would like to express gratitude to all the governments, NGOs and activists who supported the regional initiative by nominating the individuals who have been making significant contributions to the promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities over the last years.