Opening of the PDF Conference at Waipuna Hotal in Auckland New Zealand as the late Mr. Sumasafu Wilsoni of Fiji, Followed by Ms Nelly Caleb of Vanuatu and Ms Teewata Rokete of Kiribati.
Disability in the Pacific
People with disabilities in the Pacific face many barriers to full participation.  These barriers to education, employment, housing, transport and create a vicious cycle of exclusion.
PDF Participants from all over the Pacific gather for the Opening of the PDF Conference 2011.
The Pacific Disability Forum runs training events, workshops and conferences across the Pacific.
Networking at its best, Damian Griffin, Savina Nongebatu and Melina Nongebatu during a conference break.
The Pacific Disability forum advocates for persons with disabilities at the regional level.  We are working towards changing perceptions of disability in the community and at the government level.
PDF Participants from all over the Pacific at a PDF Conference in Nadi, Fiji in 2012.
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Jone Suka services and repairs wheelchairs as Josko  Wakaniyasi of the Spinal Injuries of Fiji oversee the progress of work.
Disability Inclusive Development
We work hard to ensure that disability is factored into planning and development across the region, so the benefits reach everyone in the community.
Disability in the Pacific
Disability Inclusive Development

What we do
PDF Programme Officer Ms Angeline Chand working with Rosalina Taulelea of FAA Tuvalu.

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Mr. Setareki Manacawai , Mr. Latoa Halatau with the late Mr Fred Miller as our chief Guest from DFAT was being gallanted.

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Welcome to the Pacific Disability Forum

The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) is a regional peak body that works in partnership with Disabled Persons Organisations in the Pacific region.  Our aim is to build the capacity of these organisations and improve the lives of persons with disabilities in the Pacific through advocacy. 

Since our formation in 2004, PDF has worked hard to advocate for disability issues in our region and internationally.   You can find out more about our work and how to help by exploring our website. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us

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Most Pacific Island Countries have a national disability policy. However, findings from the review of disability inclusive development in the Pacific by UNESCO in 2017 show that the extent to which disability inclusive development is integrated into national sustainable development plans differs across the Pacific Island nations. In some national plans, disability is recognised as a cross-cutting issue, whereas in other countries, the rights of persons with disabilities are only referenced under certain policy objectives or goals but do not mainstream the rights of persons with disability. Research in 2012 by PDF noted the lack of commitment and capacity to include disability into government’s national development and sectoral strategies[1].
The extent to which the rights of persons with disabilities are reflected in national climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies varies. Several Pacific Island Countries’ climate change policies emphasise equitable inclusion for all including persons with disabilities as overarching policy guidelines. Others address the inclusion of persons with disabilities in concrete climate change policy actions in awareness raising, education and community relocation. At the same time, there are climate change policies in which the rights of persons with disabilities are not explicitly mentioned. Mainstreaming disability inclusion is essentially about bringing persons with disabilities explicitly into all related discourses. This ensures that persons with disabilities are able to engage in decision making process, starting from the planning to implementation, monitoring and evaluation phase, in the area of climate change and DRR.

Sixth Pacific Regional Conference on Disability

Theme: From Recognition to Realisation of Rights: Furthering Effective Partnership for an Inclusive Pacific 2030

Dates: Monday, 25th February 2019 – Friday, 01st March 2019.

Host Country: Fiji

Venue: Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi, Fiji

Physical Address: Votualevu Road, Nadi Airport, Nadi, Fiji

Telephone: +679 6720277

by Yumi Sera with Setareki Macanawai
“Vanua is a traditional, indigenous concept embracing people and the land. It is how we in Fiji, and in much of the Pacific Islands, respect our land, our culture, and our values. It is about sharing and caring for the collective,” says Setareki Macanawai (Seta), my friend and wise elder, attempting to explain a word for which there is no English equivalent.