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Understanding the Incheon Strategy

Understanding the Incheon Strategy to 'Make the Right Real' for Persons with Disabilities in Asia & the Pacific

Seminar Overview

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has a long history of working to improve the rights of persons with disabilities. Since 1993, when it launched its first Asian and Pacific “Decade on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” (1993-2002), it has consistently demonstrated leadership in this important area. The second decade, 2003-2012, continued this process, culminating in what is now known as the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities in the Asia Pacific Region, or simply, the Incheon Strategy. Named after the city in the Republic of Korea where the ESCAP High-Level Intergovernmental Meeting was held from 29 October-2 November 2012 to adopt the Ministerial Declaration on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, the Incheon Strategy is a comprehensive regional policy framework for addressing these important issues.

The seminar gives IDPP faculty, staff, students, NGO/DPO leaders and other interested participants from around the world an opportunity to review the background to the Incheon Strategy; explore its goals, targets, indicators and strategies for implementation; and discuss its relationship with other regional and global disability policy frameworks. Participants work together to deepen their understanding of the Incheon Strategy, which includes ten specific goals and their corresponding targets and indicators, following the model of the Millennium Development Goals. The seminar is intended to encourage participants to share lessons learned in their advocacy efforts with each other. 

The seminar is divided into four sections:

  • Overview of UNESCAP and Background to the Incheon Strategy
  • Review of the Economic, Political and Social Goals, Targets and Indicators
  • Review of the Gender, Children and Risk Reduction Goals, Targets and Indicators
  • Review of the Data, Implementation and Cooperation Goals, Targets and Indicators

Participants and Structure

This free virtual seminar series is open to interested participants from around the world. There is no academic credit associated with the seminar, and it does not include any certificate of participation.

Dates and Times

Exact dates and times for the next seminar will be announced when available.

Real time sessions are held via Blackboard Collaborate, a leading commercial webconferencing tool. Participants may join the seminar via laptop or mobile device (iOS or Android). Each session is recorded, and participants who attend all sessions gain access to these recordings at the end of the seminar.

Topics and Schedule

Week 1: Background and Structure of the Incheon Strategy
Overview of UNESCAP and the Incheon Strategy. The Asia-Pacific Region, Previous Work on Disability in Asia-Pacific. Overview of Goals, Targets, and Indicators

Week 2: Economic, Political and Social Goals
Goals 1-4: 
1. Reduce poverty and enhance work and employment prospects
2. Promote participation in the political processes and in decision-making
3. Enhance access to the physical environment, public transportation, knowledge, information and communication
4. Strengthen social protection

Week 3: Women, Children and Risk Reduction Goals
Goals 5-7
5. Expand early intervention and education of children with disabilities
6. Ensure gender quality and women’s empowerment
7. Ensure disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction and management

Week 4: Data, Implementation and Cooperation
Goals 8-10
8. Improve the reliability and comparability of disability data
9. Accelerate the ratification and implementation of the CRPD and harmonization of national legislation with the Convention
10. Advance subregional, regional and interregional cooperation


Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn: Executive Director, Institute on Disability and Public Policy; Associate Professor, American University - School of International Service