Welcome to DPI/AP
11th -12th December 2013, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
We, the participants of the Regional Conference on Raising Awareness of the 3rd ASEAN Disability Forum (ADF) – A platform of engagement for DPOs and multi-stakeholders to promote and implement the ASEAN Decade of Persons with Disabilities, from 11th-12th December 2013, in Bandar Seri Begawan, organized by Brunei Darussalam Disabled People’s Organization in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
Appreciate the commitment of the Government of Brunei Darussalam in particular the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in ensuring the protection and the promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities.
Follow up the establishment of the ASEAN Community by 2015 made up of the three pillars namely the Political-Security Community, the Economic Community and the Socio-Cultural Community as laid down in the Siam Reap Declaration (2012).
Refer and support the UNESCAP Incheon strategy “Make the Right Real” in The New Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2013-2022).
Express great appreciation to the ASEAN Member states for the successful development of the ASEAN Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2011-2020).
Background on ASEAN and DisabilityThe Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, is now an influential political and economic power that has about 600 million population and 1,500 billion US dollar in GDP. On the other hand, there are about 60 million citizens with disabilities living in this region, according to the UN estimation. Though ASEAN is an economically emerging region, most of this population is still marginalized from the mainstream of society. Persons with disabilities, especially those requiring intensive support, are denied to have access to their communities, but are cared solely by their family members at home or isolated in residential institutions life-long. There are a majority of causes of disabilities including congenital disorder, disease, traumas of war, working accident, and others. Especially, in Indochinese countries, the rate of disabilities caused by war is relatively high due to bomb, and the Agent Orange. After the war, bombs have lied under the ground, and still injured people. Together with Agent Dioxin, they all affect disabled life generation after generations. Currently, they are the most vulnerable people of global concerns and require global support. In December 2008, ASEAN Charter came into force. Its Article 1 declares that one of the purposes of ASEAN is "to promote a people-oriented ASEAN in which all sectors of society are encouraged to participate in, and benefit from, the process of ASEAN integration and community building." ASEAN Charter also emphasizes its purpose of providing peoples of ASEAN "with equitable access to opportunities for human development, social welfare and justice." Disability sector in ASEAN with 60 million population is also the one which shall be encouraged and provided with equitable access though the ASEAN mechanism. Download the General Information of ADF 2013
Report Civil Society Committee for Organizing ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples' Forum 2012 14-16 November 2012 at Phnom Penh, Cambodia
"ASEAN People's Assembly grassroots" or "(ASEAN Grassroots People's Assembly - AGPA)" organized by the "Cambodia Cross-Sector Network" will be held for four days from Tuesday. To the summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) or the ASEAN and the ASEAN People's Assembly, as part of a grass roots movement by the people in the Southeast Asian region. To participate in the formulation of government policy.
DPIAP would like to ask for your kind cooperation to circulate these very important letters signed by DPI chairperson and DPIAP regional chairperson to your network as much as you can. As you may know, the government of Thailand will purchase new 3,138 buses to replace the long-used ones. However, only some of the new buses will be accessible to people with disabilities as well as those requiring safer accessibility. Buses are the very fundamental mode of most affordable transportation, which will extricate people with disabilities from being trapped in their homes to the outside world, where opportunities are abundantly available. Accessible and affordable transportation is truly vital and we cannot wait any longer. Please join us on this campaign to raise awareness on accessible transportation to ensure that all the new buses procured by the Thai government are accessible. Your kind cooperation is strongly important.