IDPP Regional Coordinator Chairs PWD Rights Workshop in Indonesia
Due to his extensive work in disability advocacy and policy in Indonesia, IDPP Regional Coordinator Mr. Muhammad Joni Yulianto was invited to serve as Chair of the Steering Committee of the national conference and dialogue “Realizing Rights of Persons with Disabilities” from 11–12 June 2013 at the Shangri-la Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia. UN Special Rapporteur on Disability Mr. Shuaib Chalklen led the dialogue between DPOs, government ministry representatives, international NGOs, private sector representatives, and others to discuss initiatives in enhancing implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Indonesia.
Mr. Yulianto's invaluable role also allowed him to discuss the IDPP's mission and work throughout Indonesia and the ASEAN region with key participants.
Mr. Chalklen arrived on a formal mission to assess the progress made in implementing the CRPD since Indonesia ratified the Convention in October 2011. As part of his mission, Mr. Chalklen met with several DPOs and Indonesian government officials, including representatives from the Ministries of Health, Social Affairs, and Development Planning, to discuss successes and challenges encountered in the national implementation of the CRPD. During the dialogue, Mr. Chalklen shared his findings and recommendations for implementation based on best practices from other ratifying countries. His participation in the dialogue was crucial in providing the framework for an effective implementation strategy in Indonesia.
Several important calls to action emerged at the event's conclusion. The first actionable item is to create a multi-stakeholder forum involving several Indonesian ministries for coordination in developing, planning and implementing programs and policies in line with the CRPD. This call to action was designed specifically to increase collaboration between DPOs, NGOs, government organizations, members of the private sector, and other stakeholders in the creation of a comprehensive strategic plan to aid national and local governments in creating policies and programs in line with CRPD implementation. Another major item of discussion was the creation of a plan for DPOs to monitor the progress of CRPD implementation in Indonesia.
The dialogue was organized by the National Consortium on the Rights of Persons with Disability (KONAS Difabel) in Indonesia in collaboration with Indonesia Disabled People Association, and jointly supported by UNESCO Jakarta and the AusAid Indonesia Partnership for Justice.
IDPP Regional Coordinator Mr. Yulianto has been significantly involved in advocating CRPD ratification and implementation through the National Consortium and his work with the IDPP. We salute Mr. Yulianto for this accomplishment and his continued tremendous dedication to CRPD and international disability rights advocacy.