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International Day of Persons with Disabilities - 3 December 2014

Theme - Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology

This year the International Day of Persons with Disabilities will focus on the role of technology in:

- Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Responses

- Creating Enabling Working Environments

- Disability-Inclusive Sustainable Development Goals

The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

Since 2009, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs organizes a film festival as a part of the events at UN Headquarters to commemorate the Day. The United Nations Enable Film Festival (UNEFF) includes short disabilty-related films selected on the basis of their content and message that can help raise awareness of disability issues and further promote the full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society.

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Regional Conference among 3 Major Networks of ILC

Mr Frederick Miller

Regional Conference among 3 Major Networks of Independent Living Centers in Asia-Pacific: Thailand, Korea, and Japan

on 1– 7 September 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

To promote an implementation of Incheon Strategy “Make the Right Real” for person with disability in Asia and Pacific has main aims to share good examples of practices and discuss to seek a solution in which independent Living center can work side by side with the government agency to include IL in National policy. The output are 1) press, 2) country report on progress of IL and its policy, 3) and exchange of good examples of practice, in services, programs, advocacy and policy formulation. The forum method is action learning and participatory approach.

Objective

Strengthen the implementation of Incheon Strategy Goal 4; enhancing services and programs that support persons with multiple and severe disability in living independently in the community in national policy.

Deep Condelences to Mr Frederick Miller

Mr Frederick Miller

We are saddened to report the death of Mr Frederick Miller passed in his sleep in evening, on Thursday, 7 August 2014 at the Suva Private Hospital. He is the Regional Disability Inclusive Development Specialist (Pacific) at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australian High Commission in Suva, Fiji. Prior to this, he spearheaded the disability inclusion work at the University of the South Pacific (USP) for 6 months between January and June 2013 setting a solid platform for the USP Disability Resource Centre to continue this momentum at this regional academic institution. From 2006 to December 2012, he served as the first Disability Coordination Officer at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) playing a very key role in the development and implementation of the Pacific Regional Strategy on Disability (PRSD). Fred was also the first male Co-Chairperson for the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF). He was a high school teacher by training teaching at Cathedral Secondary School in Suva for many years. He was also the former President of Fiji Disabled Peoples Association and member of the DPI Regional and World Council. He was one of the outstanding pioneers and architecture of the disability movement in the Pacific contributing in a great way to where PDF the Forum Secretariat’s Disability Coordination Officer

Many of you have met him at some events in the last several years and some of you might know how close disability movement in Fiji

On behalf of Disabled Peoples' International Asia-Pacific Region. We thank God and Frederick’s family for such a wonderful gift to the disability rights in Pacific and beyond.

The Training Program Independent Living and Mainstreaming for Persons with Disabilities 2014

Group photo

The Training Program Independent Living and Mainstreaming for Persons with Disabilities was held between 29 June – 19 July 2014 in Japan and 19-26 July 2014 in Thailand. The training organized by Japan National Assembly of Disabled People's International (DPI-Japan) followed by Disabled People's International Asia-Pacific (DPI/AP) and supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Overall Goal of the training:

Through collaboration between DPO (Disabled People’s Organization)s and governments of each country and international network, Mainstreaming of disability issue in social development plan will be promoted, and DPOs will be involved in implementation process of UNCRPD.

Training Objective:

The participants will acquire strategic management skills to take initiatives for their independent living movements to promote"2ndAfrican Decade of Disabled Persons” and "United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities" (UNCRPD) in African countries.

There were 10 participants representing organizations of Persons with Disabilities and governments in Malawi, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa and Sudan

Please download the Bangkok Recommendation from: www.dpiap.org

ILO Global Business and Disability Network: Annual Report 2013

That features the Network activities from last year, including Network meetings in Singapore, Istanbul, Shanghai and Amman. Please find the report enclosed, and on our website: http://www.businessanddisability.org/images/pdf/annualreport/ILOGBDN_AR2013.pdf

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