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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.
The Pacific Disability Forum runs training events, workshops and conferences across the Pacific.
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.
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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

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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



Theme –  Building a More Inclusive and Equitable Pacific for all Persons with Disabilities

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The Fifth Pacific Regional Conference on Disability was held at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, Apia, Samoa from 20th to 24th February 2017.  The Conference was jointly organised by the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF), Nuanua O Le Alofa (NOLA) as host organization and the Government of Samoa with funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Government of Australia.

The Conference was attended by around 200 delegates representing organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), Governments, regional and international organisations, universities, and development partners from American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America and Vanuatu.
The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) in partnership with the United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Task Team on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action currently conducting a regional Consultation Workshop for humanitarian actors in the Pacific. The workshop which is the first regional consultation undertaken by the IASC Task Team and first such regional meeting in the Pacific will be an opportunity for disabled people’s organisations (DPO), Governments, UN Agencies, CROP Agencies, and other humanitarian actors in the region to contribute to the development of a global guideline on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Humanitarian Actions.


In 2016, the United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Working Group agreed to establish a Task Team on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. The Task Team is mandated to create the IASC Guidelines on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action between January 2017 and December 2018. The Guidelines will assist humanitarian actors, governments, affected communities and organizations of persons with disabilities to coordinate, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate essential actions that foster the effectiveness, appropriateness and efficiency of humanitarian action, resulting in the full and effective participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities and changing practice across all sectors and in all phases of humanitarian action, based in international legal frameworks – International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and Refugee Law. The Task Team membership spans UN agencies, humanitarian actors, NGOs and organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) and includes Member States as observers. The Task Team is led by three co-chairs: Handicap International, the International Disability Alliance and UNICEF.[1]
Further details on the Task Team, including Terms of Reference and Work Plan, can be found on the IASC website:


The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed every year on 3 December with the aim to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society, development and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all’. The theme reiterates the 2030 Agenda plea of leaving no one behind and encourages a society that is sustainable and resilient for all