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Fifth Pacific Regional Conference on Disability - Outcome Statement

The Fifth Pacific Regional Conference on Disability was held at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, Apia, Samoa from 20th to 24th February 2017.  The Conference was jointly organised by the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF), Nuanua O Le Alofa (NOLA) as host organization and the Government of Samoa with funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Government of Australia.

The Conference was attended by around 200 delegates representing organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), Governments, regional and international organisations, universities, and development partners from American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America and Vanuatu.

The PDF Conference is a platform for representatives from organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), disability service providers and development partners to discuss issues about the protection, enjoyment and promotion of all human rights of all persons with disabilities and advancement of disability inclusive development in the region.

This 5th Conference was themed “Building a more inclusive and equitable Pacific for persons with disabilities” in alignment with the recent adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 


Pacific Disability Forum | 3/22/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Digicel Samoa powered conference connectivity to the world

The Fifth Pacific Regional Conference on Disability 2017 in Samoa was livestreamed to the rest of the world during the whole duration of the conference through internet connectivity provided by Digicel Samoa in both conference venues at Tanoa Tusitala and the TATTE Building in Apia. The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) acknowledges the sponsorship provided by Digicel Samoa as it enabled PDF to reach persons with disabilities who could not make it to Samoa, enjoyed the conference from the comfort of their homes.


Pacific Disability Forum | 2/25/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Fifth Pacific Regional Conference on Disabilities

The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) in partnership with Nuanua O’LE Alofa (NOLA) the national disable persons organisation (DPO) in Samoa and funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is hosting the Fifth Pacific Regional Conference on Disability (PRCD) at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel in Apia, Samoa from the 20 to 24 February 2017. The biennial conference is a platform to dialogue and, discuss issues pertaining to building a more inclusive and equitable Pacific for all persons with disabilities. 


Pacific Disability Forum | 2/20/2017 12:00:00 AM

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FIFTH PACIFIC REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON DISABILITY 2017

FIRST NOTICE 
1. Dates: Monday, 20th February 2017 – Friday, 24th February 2017. 

2. Host Country: Samoa

3. Venue: Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, Apia, Samoa
    Physical Address: Beach Road, Sogi, Apia, Samoa
    Telephone: +685 211 22
     Website: http://www.tanoatusitala.com

4.    Programme Outline: 

  • Pacific Regional Forum on Women with Disabilities: Monday, 20th February – Tuesday, 21st February 2017.
  • Pacific Regional Forum on Youth with Disabilities: Monday, 20th February – Tuesday, 21st February 2017.
  • Pacific Disability Conference: Wednesday, 22nd February – Thursday, 23rd February 2017
  • PDF General Forum: Friday, 24th February 2017. Business meeting for member organisations of PDF. 


Pacific Disability Forum | 9/5/2016 12:00:00 AM

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Weekly Update 25 July 2016

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum(PDF).

The inclusion of persons with disabilities though working in partnership with its representative organisation before, during and after a disaster is vital in ensuring that persons with disabilities are not left behind.

Pacific Disability Forum | 7/27/2016 12:00:00 AM

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WEBSITE ON REPAIR MODE

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PDF WEBSITE IS UNDER REPAIR, THEREFORE YOU WILL BE EXPERIENCING SOME BROKEN LINKS WHEN SEARCHING FOR DOCUMENTS ON THIS WEBSITE. 



Pacific Disability Forum | 7/20/2016 12:00:00 AM

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All human rights for all persons with disabilities

The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) in partnership with the International Disability Alliance (IDA) is conducting a Pacific BRIDGE Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Post 2015 and Inclusive Development (BRIDGE) training at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi from 14 to 20 May 2016.


Pacific Disability Forum | 5/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

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TC Winston Disability Snapshot 1

It is widely reported, in particular by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN ISDR), that situations of disaster have the largest impact on the poorest and most marginalised people. In relation to Fiji, we cannot ignore the fact that within this group are persons with disabilities who make up 15% of the total population, according to the World Disability Report[1].
 

[1] Health Organization/World Bank, World Report on Disability (Geneva: World Health Organisation, 2011), p.29.



Pacific Disability Forum | 3/15/2016 12:00:00 AM

Recognise my capacity
Recognise my capacity

Fa’atino Masunu Utumapu is currently the Office Manager for Nuanua O’le Alofa, the national advocacy organisation of & for persons with disabilities in Samoa. She was also the first staff to be employed by the organisation after graduating from Manurewa High School in Auckland New Zealand.


Pacific Disability Forum | 3/8/2016 12:00:00 AM

Believe in yourself and never give up
Believe in yourself and never give up

Suria Apulu a person with physical disability in Samoa is a part time Data Entry Officer at the Football Federation Samoa through the ‘Just Play’ programme. She is also a member of Nuanua O’le Alofa (NOLA) and a part of NOLA’s CRPD Resource team. 


Pacific Disability Forum | 3/8/2016 12:00:00 AM