The ESCAP Multi-donor Trust Fund for the Asian and the Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities

The ESCAP Multi-donor Trust Fund for the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities (also known as the ESCAP Disability Trust Fund) supports the development and implementation of rights-based and evidence-based disability policies and activities in Asia and the Pacific in relation to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the Incheon Strategy and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The ESCAP Disability Trust Fund supports the secretariat’s activities in the following areas:

  • Technical advice and support to regional, subregional and national implementation of the Incheon Strategy;
  • Research and dissemination of information on the situation of persons with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific;
  • Enhancement of capacities to build and implement disability-inclusive policies and programmes;
  • Provision of reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities to enable and facilitate their participation in ESCAP events and activities as well as in sessions of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities;
  • Advocacy and outreach to support disability-inclusive development to implement the 2030 Agenda, accelerate the ratification and the implementation of the CRPD and the Incheon Strategy and activities under the Make the Right Real campaign.

Make the Right Real for Persons with Disabilities

You can support efforts to ensure equal rights and opportunities for all persons with disabilities by contributing to the ESCAP Multi-donor Trust Fund for the Asian and the Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities. All contributions are welcome and for information on how to contribute please contact Social Development Division at: [email protected]

650 million men, women and children in Asia and the Pacific live with some form of disability. While they should have the right to equitable access to economic, social and political opportunities, the majority live in poverty and many are excluded from everyday activities with restricted access to, for example, education, employment and social protection services.

The first ESCAP Disability Trust Fund was established to support the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled persons, 1993-2002. The successful experience of first two Asian and Pacific Decades underscored the value of cooperation for facilitating mutual support, including through sharing lessons learned, good practices and innovative solutions. Inspired by the progress made, Governments of the region proclaimed the period from 2013 to 2022 the third Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities.

In 2012, member States of ESCAP adopted the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific. The Incheon Strategy provides the Asian and Pacific region, and the world, with the first set of regionally agreed disability-inclusive development goals and is the guiding framework for the third Decade. It is derived from the experiences of the ESCAP region and based on the principles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, comprising 10 specific time-bound disability-inclusive development goals, 27 targets and 62 indicators.