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9th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, 14-16 June 2016

Newly elected members of the CRPD Committee

In accordance with Article 34 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, States Parties elected the following members to the Committee on the Rights of Persons: Mr. Ahmad Alsaif (Saudi Arabia); Mr. Monthian Buntan (Thailand); Mr. Imed Eddine Chaker (Tunisia); Mr. Jun Ishikawa (Japan); Mr. Samuel Njuguna Kabue (Kenya); Mr. Laszlo Gabor Lovaszy (Hungary); Mr. Robert George Martin (New Zealand); Mr. Martin Babu Mwesigwa (Uganda); and Mr. Valery Nikitich Rukhledev (Russian Federation).

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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

Meeting of Representatives from 14 Membership National

Ms. Venus Ilagan from Rehabilitation International

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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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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.

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