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IDPP Attends UNESCAP-Leonard Chesire Disability Conference

The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) attended the “Disability-Inclusive MDGs and Aid Effectiveness” conference, jointly organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and Leonard Chesire Disability from 14-16 March 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The three-day conference brought together disabled people’s organizations, NGOs, United Nations agencies, and academics to discuss the ways in which disability can be included into the mainstream international development agenda. The conference focused on how disability-inclusive development contributes to the full achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Discussion, outcomes, and recommendations made during the conference were to “feed into the [Asia Pacific region’s] preparatory process towards the conclusion of the Second Asian Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons in 2012,” according to Leonard Chesire Disability International’s Web site.

IDPP Advisory Board member Senator Monthian Buntan of the Royal Thai Parliament offered welcoming remarks at the conference’s opening ceremony. IDPP Advisory Board member Ms. Maria Veronica Reina, Executive Director of the Global Partnership for Disability and Development at The World Bank, chaired the panels “Looking to the Future: Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Ambitions for the New Decades in Asia and Africa” on 14 March from 2:30-3:30pm Bangkok time, and “Understanding Aid/Development Effectiveness” on 15 March from 9:00-10:30am Bangkok time.

In addition to attending the conference, an IDPP delegation was also in Bangkok to meet with partners Mahidol University and the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability, with the purpose of further strengthening collaboration and preparing for the 2012 IDPP Two Week Residency, which will be hosted by Mahidol University near Bangkok, Thailand from 14-25 August.