Teacher and students at Gospel School for the Deaf in Fiji
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.
Resource Team for the national disability association, Fusi Alofa Association Tuvalu (FAA Tuvalu) is undergoing a 2-day refresher training on the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - CRPD.
Theme for IDPD 2017: “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all” 


The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3 in 1992. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of on the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

Building on many decades of UN’s work in the field of disability,  the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted in 2006, has further advanced the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international development frameworks, such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, the New Urban Agenda, and  the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.

The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.
To all our Members, Partners, Stakeholders and Friends.

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum Secretariat.