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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed every year on 3 December with the aim to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society, development and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all’. The theme reiterates the 2030 Agenda plea of leaving no one behind and encourages a society that is sustainable and resilient for all


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

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2017 DPOs UPDATEs

International Day for Persons with Disabilities 2017: “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”
 
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed every year on 3 December. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development and to increase awareness of and on the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
                                                                                            
This year’s theme is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”. Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs) in the Pacific are commemorating the day to raise awareness on persons with disabilities’ issues and interest in transforming a society to be sustainable and resilient for all Pacific persons with disabilities. These issues range from empowering persons with disabilities and their families’ to highlight the important roles they play in building a sustainable and resilient society for all to building the capacity of duty bearers on the rights and interests of persons with disabilities in the Pacific.
 
Below is a highlight of the various activities happening around the Pacific to commemorate the International day of persons with disabilities.


Pacific Disability Forum | 11/24/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Fusi Alofa Resource Team undergoes CRPD refresher training

Resource Team for the national disability association, Fusi Alofa Association Tuvalu (FAA Tuvalu) is undergoing a 2-day refresher training on the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - CRPD.


Pacific Disability Forum | 11/16/2017 12:00:00 AM

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), 3 December 2017

Theme for IDPD 2017: “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all” 

Background:

The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3 in 1992. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of on the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

Building on many decades of UN’s work in the field of disability,  the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted in 2006, has further advanced the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international development frameworks, such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, the New Urban Agenda, and  the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.

The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.


Pacific Disability Forum | 10/10/2017 12:00:00 AM

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To all our Members, Partners, Stakeholders and Friends.

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum Secretariat.




Pacific Disability Forum | 9/4/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Pacific Disability Forum CEO speech at the Raising Pacific Voices –Reinforcing Pacific Civil Society Information Session

I’ve been asked to speak to us or share with us, as colleagues in the civil society space on this project on Raising Pacific Voices. This thought came through my mind. This project Raising Pacific Voices, is not really about whose voice is the loudest, or whose voice will be the loudest. Because that is then instilling, that is then implying, that we are here in the CSO space which is already competitive, that it will be a competitive project. 


Pacific Disability Forum | 8/11/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Oxfam and Pacific Disability Forum launch EU-funded program aimed at strengthening Pacific civil society

SUVA, Fiji – Strengthening communities and the voice of civil society in regional and international policy-making is the aim of a three-year program launched in Suva today by the European Union Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E. Andrew Jacobs. 


Pacific Disability Forum | 8/10/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Dialogue to address violence against women and girls with disabilities

“Women and girls with disabilities do not report cases of violence, abuse and exploitations due to barriers and challenges they face as a woman and as a person with a disability”, said Mr Setareki Macanawai, the CEO for Pacific Disability Forum (PDF). Mr Macanawai made this comment at the first ever regional dialogue on Ending Violence against women and girls with disabilities (EVAW) in the Pacific.


Pacific Disability Forum | 8/7/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Ways to reduce violence against women and girls with disabilities

Monday 7 August 2017 (Pacific) – Lessons learnt from a unique Toolkit on Eliminating Violence against Women and Girls with Disabilities in Fiji are driving ideas to develop similar approaches in other Pacific countries.


Pacific Disability Forum | 8/7/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Outcomes of the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting(FEMM) 2017

We also thank the CEO of the Pacific Disability Forum- Mr. Setareki Macanawai  for facilitating a short  presentation to the FEMM on the economics of disability in the region and the need to support mobilisation of resources to assist in the implementation of the PFRPD priority goals at national level.
 
We also acknowledge the assistance of Mr. Alex Corte , International Disability Alliance for his expert adviser and assistance to PDF and PIFS in this important meeting.  


Pacific Disability Forum | 4/7/2017 12:00:00 AM