UN Asia-Pacific disability conference opens in Beijing on 27 November

Venue: China Administration of Sports for Persons with Disabilities

The UN and the Government of China are holding a high-level conference on disability-inclusive development in Beijing from 27 November to 1 December - ahead of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2017.

Ministers and senior officials from 30 countries, including Wang Yong, State Councilor of the Government of China, and representatives from international organizations and civil society will review progress made during the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2013-2022), and agree on the future policy direction for building disability-inclusive societies in the region.

Asia and the Pacific is home to 690 million persons with disabilities, one in every six persons, yet they are amongst the most marginalized groups in society. Building awareness regarding the nature of discrimination they face, and forging accessible environments will enable persons with disabilities to fully enjoy their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

The High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Midpoint Review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities is being held by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF), at the China Administration of Sports for Persons with Disabilities, No.321 Tianbei Road, Houshayu Town, Shunyi District, Beijing.

Media highlights

Thursday 30 November

9:00-10:00 - Opening of the high-level ministerial segment (Plenary Room)
18:00- 20:00 – Gala dinner & fashion show (Banquet Hall)

Friday 1 December

16:30 –17:00 - Press conference (Press Conference Room)

Ministerial opening attendees

  • Mr. Wang Yong, State Councilor, China
  • Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary, ESCAP
  • Ms. Zhang Haidi, Chairperson of China Disabled Persons’ Federation
  • Ms. Merresini Vuniwaqa, Minister of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Fiji
  • Dr. Khampheng Saysompheng, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Laos
  • Dr. Win Myat Aye, Union Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Myanmar
  • S.B. Disanayake, Minister of Social Empowerment, Welfare & Kandyan Heritage, Sri Lanka
  • Mr. Kourabi Nenem, Vice-President & Minister for Women, Youth and Social Affairs, Kiribati
  • Ms. Faimalotoa Kika Stower, Minister of Women, Community & Social Development, Samoa
  • Mr. Vong Sauth, Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, Cambodia
  • Dr. Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, Minister of Family and Social Policy, Turkey
  • Ms. Khofifah Indar Parawansa, Minister of Social Affairs, Indonesia
  • Ms. Saima Wazed Hossain, Chairperson of Bangladesh National Advisory Committee for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Dr. Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, India
  • Ms. Natalia Jaliashvili, Head of the Secretariat on Human Rights Issues, Georgia

Media Accreditation

Please provide the following to [email protected] by 27 November. (First Name; Last Name; Nationality; ID/Passport Number; Email; Mobile No; News Agency, and latest electronic copy of a passport-sized photo).

Visit the event page for more information: http://www.unescap.org/disabilityhighlevelmeeting2017/

For media enquiries please contact: Ms. Katie Elles, Public Information Officer, Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, ESCAP, M: (66) 9481 525 36 / E: [email protected]

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