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Tokyo Declaration

The 16th Disabled Peoples’ International Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly

23-24 May, 2016, Tokyo, Japan

We, the participants from 14 countries in the 16th Disabled Peoples’ International Asia and the Pacific Regional Assembly from 23 to 24 May 2016, in Toyama Sunrise, Tokyo, Japan, co-hosted by Disabled Peoples’ International Asia-Pacific and the Japan National Assembly of Disabled Peoples’ International,

Showing great appreciation to the disability community of Japan for all the effort and support for organizing this event,

Also appreciating the messages of friendship and unity presented by Honorary Regional Chairperson, the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the U.S. Department of State, Rehabilitation International and DPI World,

Recognizing the unity and the importance of governance, transparency and sustainability of DPI Asia-Pacific,

Understanding the importance of harmonization of the Sustainable Development Goalswith the Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities and Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific,

Showing appreciation to the ESCAP High-level Intergovernmental Meeting in 2017, which will conduct the midpoint review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities proposed to host by the Government of the People’s Republic of China,

Celebrating with 29 countries in this region which have ratified the CRPD within the first decade of its enactment, 2016,

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Leaders Around the World Celebrate DPI AP Assembly

On 23 May, 2016, Disabled Peoples’ International Asia-Pacific (DPI AP) Regional Assembly started with opening ceremony. Representatives from 14 Membership National Assemblies heard strong and encouraging messages from around the globe.

Disabled Peoples’ International Asia-Pacific (DPI AP) Regional Assembly started with opening ceremony

DPIAP Regional Assembly

A Voice Of Our Own: Following the Founding Spirits of DPI

Disabled Peoples’ International Asia-Pacific (DPI AP) Regional Assembly is coming very soon, on 23-24 May, 2016, in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Eita Yashiro, Honorary Regional Chairperson of DPI AP and one of the founders of Disabled Peoples’ International, will deliver a keynote speech on the first day.

Mr. Yashiro who was elected asthe first DPI AP Regional Chairperson in 1981 is expected to share a historical background and the founding sprits of DPI: A Voice of Our Own. His message must encourage younger generations of DPI AP in Asia and the Pacific and reaffirm the importance of unity and continuity of the movement across the generations.

Mr. Yashiro is a former member of the House of Representatives and Councilorsof Japan for 28 years until 2005. He was also appointed to the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications in 1999 and 2000.


Work is essential for realizing other human rights and it forms an inseparable and inherent part of human dignity. Employment of persons with disabilities is about the opportunity to gain a living by work freely chosen or accepted in a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible.

Hence, the Zero Project 2017 is focusing on Work, Employment, and Vocational Education and Training, and our call for nominating innovative policies has just been launched!

Any type of policy can be nominated, concerning:

- any form of work (employment, own-use production work, volunteer work, trainee work),

- any status of employment (employees, employers, own-account workers, members of producers’ cooperatives, contributing family workers and other) and

- all phases of employment (including recruitment, hiring and employment, advancement and conditions of work), including those innovations that facilitate the transition from segregated settings to forms of employment in the open labour market.

Consider, for instance, policies concerning:

- non-discrimination,

- the transition from school to work,

- technical and vocational guidance,

- placement services and assistance in finding, obtaining, maintaining and returning to employment,

- vocational and continuing training, inclusive apprenticeships,

- adaptations to the workplace, job design, tools, machinery and work organisation,

- self-employment, entrepreneurship, cooperatives and starting one’s own business,

- financial incentives and tax exemptions,

- just and favourable working conditions,

- career advancement,

- part-time employment and other job arrangements,

- supported employment,

- coordination with other services (e.g. embedding employment specialists in clinical treatment teams),

- peer support,

- train-the trainer-programmes,

- disability-inclusive social security or

- certification of companies.

Submitting a nomination is easy:

Read the instructions first, complete the nomination form (also available in other languages) and then send the nomination form to: i.heindorf@zeroproject.org by May 15, 2016 (23:59 CET).

If selected, the nomination will be included as an “Innovative Policy 2017” in the Zero Project Report and on our Website. Nominated organizations as well as their nominators will be invited to become part of the Zero Project expert network. Moreover, representatives of the most outstanding Innovative Policies will be invited to present at the Zero Project Conference in February 2017 in Vienna (Austria).

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We are looking forward to receiving your nomination!

The Zero Project Team & Zero Project Partners

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities closes its 15th session (29 March- 21 April 2016)

During the session, the Committee held interactive dialogues with Portugal, Thailand, Chile, Slovakia, Serbia, Lithuania and Uganda, as well as adopted lists of issues on Guatemala and Bolivia.

It also held a day of general discussion on Article 19- the right to live independently and be included in the community on 19 April. The programme of the day of general discussion is available here and written contributions can be found at the Committee’s day of general discussion webpage.

The day of general discussion was preceded by a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Convention during which the campaign for universal ratification of the CRPD was launched.

Together with the Permanent missions of Germany and Israel, IDA hosted a side event on the day of general discussion on Persons with disabilities living independently and being fully included in society through the use of innovation and technology

This 15th session immediately followed the CRPD Committee’s 5th pre-session which took place from 21-24 March 2016 during which it adopted the list of issues on Ethiopia, Moldova, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Colombia.

At its formal closing, the Committee made the following announcements:

• It adopted decisions on 2 communications under its Optional Protocol (OP)

• It adopted note on all the communications received in interim period between 14-15th session

• It adopted follow up report on those decisions adopted under OP

• It considered matters pertaining to an inquiry procedure under Articles 7 & 8 of OP

• It decided to set up a second inquiry procedure

• It adopted the report of 15th session

• The 16th session will be held from 15 August- 2 September 2016 during which it will adopt the list of issues on Canada and review Bolivia, Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Italy, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay whose rapporteurs are as follows:

o Bolivia- Silvia Quan

o Colombia- Silvia Quan

o Ethiopia- Martin Babu Mwesigua

o Guatemala- Ana Pelaez

o Italy- Diane Kingston

o UAE- Mohamed Al-Tarawneh

o Uruguay- Carlos Parra Dusan

• The 6th pre-session will take place from 5-9 September 2016 during which it will adopt lists of issues on Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Honduras, Iran and Jordan

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