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Call For Disability-Centered Submissions

Call For Disability-Centered Submissions
From left: Pauline Kleinitz, technical lead disability and rehabilitation, WHO WPRO; Setareki Macanawai, CEO, Pacific Disability Forum; Casper Fa’asala, president, People With Disabilities Solomon Islands, DPO Solomon Islands; Cristelle Pratt deputy secretary-general Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Dr Liu Yunguo, WHO Representative for the Pacific/ Director, Pacific Technical Support.
October 01
01:54 2015

The recently-endorsed Framework for Pacific Regionalism needs more submissions on disability-related issues, says Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat deputy secretary-general Cristelle Pratt.

Ms Pratt made the comment during the second Pacific Community-based four-day meeting on Strengthening Rehabilitation Services in the Pacific at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi on Tuesday.

Ms Pratt said out of the 68 submissions made there were no submissions made specifically about disability nor were there any submissions that sought to include disability-related issues.

“Disabled persons and their communities look to us to play our role in making their issues and their role in development remain on the radar of our leaders and our respective ministers,” she said.

She said the onus was now on various Pacific stakeholders to ensure such issues were not overlooked.

This was shown through continued commitment expressed at the third Forum Disability Ministers Meeting (FDMM) held last year, when Ministers supported the zero draft of the Pacific Disability Rights Framework 2016-2025 which is a regional framework for effective co-ordination and collaboration to support Government action on disability inclusive development.

She said the next step would be to ensure that the new Disability Rights Framework will contribute toward strengthening rehabilitation services and inclusive community development.

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