About Us

About Us

History
The Pacific Disability Forum was formed in 2004 after the disability community expressed a need for a regional body to represent persons with disabilities and encourage cooperation on disability related concerns in the Pacific Region. 
 
At the inaugural Pacific Disability Forum meeting in 2004, a constitution was drafted and plans for creating a regional office with an organisational coordinator were discussed but ultimately shelved due to lack of funding.  In 2005, NZAID agreed to fund the Pacific Disability Forum and we opened our office in Suva with 1 staff member. 
 
Since our humble beginnings all those years ago, we have grown into a regional peak body representing the interests of persons with disabilities and national disabled people’s organisations across the Pacific region. From our office in Suva our dedicated staff of 12 and our volunteers work to achieve our vision, fulfil our mission and fulfil the objects of our constitution. 
 
With our current 4 year funding partnership with the Australian Government and special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission, we look forward to having an even greater impact in the Pacific.  
 
Our Vision
An inclusive Pacific society that is responsive, culture sensitive and gender equitable that ensures the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities.
 
Our Mission
To improve and maintain the situations of Persons with Disabilities in Pacific Island Countries & Territories through collaboration with relevant stakeholders and advocacy to build and strengthen the capacity of member Disabled Peoples Organisations to respond to issues affecting them.
 
Our Values
  • we are innovative and practical
  • we are inclusive and respectful
  • we are independent and trust worthy
  • we are committed and reliable
  • we are transparent and accountable
  • we are united and determined
  • we are passionate and committed to equality
 
The Objects of our Constitution
  • Promote and advocate for the recognition of the human rights of persons with disabilities.
  • Promote and advocate for the recognition of the needs and interests of Pacific persons with disabilities in respect of political, economic, social and cultural development.
  • Promote and advocate for the recognition of the needs and rights of women with disabilities.
  • Provide a democratic multilateral decision-making forum for the resolution of issues that have a Pacific regional dimension.
  • Collect and disseminate information about disability-related concerns in the Pacific region.
  • Encourage and support the development of Pacific disabled persons organisations.
  • Promote cooperation and joint activity in respect of disability-related concerns among Pacific region disabled people's organisations, agencies of the United Nations in the Asia and Pacific region, Pacific governments, Pacific region national human rights institutions, intergovernmental bodies, donor and development agencies and other relevant bodies.
  • Develop and publish disability policy and program resources.
  • Promote and support research into disability-related concerns in the Pacific region.
  • Promote, support and monitor the implementation of the UNESCAP Biwako Millennium Framework, UN Millennium Development goals and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Promote, support and monitor the implementation of the Pacific Plan and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and all other intergovernmental agreements and initiatives for the benefit of persons with disabilities.
  • Represent and promote the interests and concerns of the Pacific Disability Forum at Pacific regional, Asian and Pacific regional and international events and decision-making processes.