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.
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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.
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.