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IDPP Participates in Asia Pacific CBR Congress

Joni Yulianto presents at the Asia Pacific CBR Congress in ManilaMuhammad Joni Yulianto, Program Coordinator for Outreach and Capacity Building for the IDPP, attended and presented at the second Asia Pacific Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) congress in Manila, Philippines on 1 December 2011. The CBR congress was held 29 November - 1 December 2011 with the theme “CBR: Building Communities for Everyone” and the sub-theme “Mainstreaming Disability in the Development Agenda.”

The event was organized by the National Council on Disability Affairs in the Philippines, with support from the Asia Pacific CBR network and other organizations, including the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability – an outreach partner of the IDPP. More than 600 participants attended the congress, including representatives from disabled peoples’ organizations (DPOs) and government institutions; professionals; persons with disabilities (PWD) and their families; and representatives from international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, and media outlets. At the event, participants came together to promote partnership in implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and Millennium Development Goals; share best practices in implementing CBR in the Asia Pacific region; promote the Asia Pacific CBR network; and build consensus on the establishment of a global CBR network. PresidentBenigno S. Aquino of the Philippines opened the event as a keynote speaker.

Joni Yulianto presented in a concurrent session entitled “Walking the Talk: Striding towards a Society for All.” Joni shared his personal experiences working with DPOs throughout Indonesia; in particular, recent advocacy efforts to have the national government of Indonesia ratify the CRPD and adopt it in local legislation.

Joni highlighted the importance for persons with disabilities to have capacity, as well as full participation, in the public policy-making process. “This is important if we want our rights to become real. One major aim of the IDPP is to contribute in preparing a cadre of leaders in disability policy who have enhanced capacity in enacting policy related to disability,” he stated.

IDPP’s participation in the CBR congress was valuable in further introducing the newly established Master’s of International Affairs in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) program to the PWD community in the Asia Pacific region, while also networking with myriad NGOs, DPOs, government institutions, and universities in the region.