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Samoa and Micronesia Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

SUVA (9 December) – The United Nations Human Rights Office for the Pacific welcomes Samoa’s
and Micronesia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

On 2 December, Samoa ratified the Convention which was adopted by the General Assembly on 13 December 2006 and on 7 December, Micronesia became the 171th State party to the Convention.

“By ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the governments of Samoa and Micronesia have committed to improving the lives of persons with disabilities which is a very encouraging step forward.” said Ms Chitralekha Massey, Regional Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Pacific Regional Office.

Moving forward to build a disability-inclusive society in Asia-Pacific

At its inaugural session this week, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, adopted a five-year road map for the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to ‘Make the Right Real’ for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific.  Continue reading

How persons with disabilities cope during disasters

An evacuation drill being conducted in Dong Phuoc village, Vietnam. Photo: Guilhem Alandry/doculab/Malteser International/UNISDRA United Nations online survey launched today seeks to provide insight into how to reduce risk and help persons with disabilities around the world cope with and prepare for disaster events. The first-ever survey of its kind, produced by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and partners, focuses on issues such as Continue reading

Largest meeting on disability issues starts at the UN HQ

A child learning sign language in Madagascar in preparation for admittance to school. Photo: UNICEF/Dia StyvanleyMember States kicked off a three-day meeting at the United Nations in New York today with the aim of finding ways to improve living standards and employment for the more than one billion people worldwide living with disabilities. About 80 per cent of the people with disabilities are of working age and face physical, social, Continue reading

Latest reports on children with disability and state of school feeding around the world

A young Afghan girl attends one of the thousands of community based schools supported by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to make formal education accessible to children.Children with disabilities and their communities would both benefit if society focused on what they can achieve, rather than what they cannot, says UNICEF’s annual State of the World’s Children’s report. While WFP’s the first State of School Feeding Worldwide report, provides a global picture of developments in school feeding. Continue reading