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Outcomes of the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting(FEMM) 2017

We also thank the CEO of the Pacific Disability Forum- Mr. Setareki Macanawai  for facilitating a short  presentation to the FEMM on the economics of disability in the region and the need to support mobilisation of resources to assist in the implementation of the PFRPD priority goals at national level.
 
We also acknowledge the assistance of Mr. Alex Corte , International Disability Alliance for his expert adviser and assistance to PDF and PIFS in this important meeting.  


Pacific Disability Forum | 4/7/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Fifth Pacific Regional Conference on Disability - Outcome Statement

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 PDF Conference is a platform for representatives from organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), disability service providers and development partners to discuss issues about the protection, enjoyment and promotion of all human rights of all persons with disabilities and advancement of disability inclusive development in the region.

This 5th Conference was themed “Building a more inclusive and equitable Pacific for persons with disabilities” in alignment with the recent adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 


Pacific Disability Forum | 3/22/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Digicel Samoa powered conference connectivity to the world

The Fifth Pacific Regional Conference on Disability 2017 in Samoa was livestreamed to the rest of the world during the whole duration of the conference through internet connectivity provided by Digicel Samoa in both conference venues at Tanoa Tusitala and the TATTE Building in Apia. The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) acknowledges the sponsorship provided by Digicel Samoa as it enabled PDF to reach persons with disabilities who could not make it to Samoa, enjoyed the conference from the comfort of their homes.


Pacific Disability Forum | 2/25/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Fifth Pacific Regional Conference on Disabilities

The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) in partnership with Nuanua O’LE Alofa (NOLA) the national disable persons organisation (DPO) in Samoa and funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is hosting the Fifth Pacific Regional Conference on Disability (PRCD) at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel in Apia, Samoa from the 20 to 24 February 2017. The biennial conference is a platform to dialogue and, discuss issues pertaining to building a more inclusive and equitable Pacific for all persons with disabilities. 


Pacific Disability Forum | 2/20/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Pacific leaders’ adopts regional framework on disability

The Pacific Framework on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PFRPD) was adopted at the 47th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) in September 2016. This commitment from our leaders indicates their will to build a Pacific that is inclusive and equitable for all persons with disabilities. The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) welcomes the decisions made by our leaders and acknowledges the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) support and role in making this happen.
 


Pacific Disability Forum | 1/22/2017 12:00:00 AM

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PDF signs MOU with WWF Pacific

The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the World Wide Fund for Nature Pacific (WWF-Pacific) on 4 July 2016 in Suva, Fiji. The MOU aims to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities in their homes and community halls which are used as evacuation centers during disasters.
 


Pacific Disability Forum | 1/22/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Pacific Women with Disabilities at the AWID Forum in Brazil

The Pacific Disability Forum in partnership with the Disability Rights Fund (DRF) and Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) send a delegation of six Pacific women with disabilities with four personal assistants to attend the 13th AWID Forum 2016 in Bahia, Salvador, Brazil.



Pacific Disability Forum | 1/22/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Making a difference in the life of women with disabilities

The Cook Islands Women and Girls with Disabilities Organisation (CIWGDO) in partnership with the CITTI ran a ‘Sew Simple Programme’ for women with disabilities in the Cook Islands. The programme which ran for 9 weeks supported and builds the capacity of women with disabilities participating to sew scarfs, skirts, dress, tops, shorts and other types of garments that will enable them to earn sustainable income. While the programme focuses on building technical skills  for these women with disabilities, it also teaches them to live independently by supporting them to develop personal plans for their lives and  safe use of the public transportation.   
 


Pacific Disability Forum | 1/22/2017 12:00:00 AM

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DPO impacting the life of persons with disabilities in the Pacific

Touai is a totally blind men and an active advocator of the rights of persons with disabilities in Kiribati. He is a member of Te Toa Matoa (TTM) the national disable persons organisation in Kiribati and a member of TTM’s in-country resource team that take lead in advocating for disability inclusive development and creating awareness on the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). 


 
 


Pacific Disability Forum | 1/22/2017 12:00:00 AM

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PDF signs TOR on Elections Disability Access Working Group (EDAWG)

The Pacific Disability Forum in partnership with disable peoples organisations in Fiji signed a Terms of Reference (TOR) with the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) and the Fiji National Council of Disabled Persons (FNCDP). The TOR signed on 31 August 2016 will be a guiding documents that will assist the Fiji Election Disability Access Working Group (EDAWG) in ensuring that Fiji’s election systems, materials and venues are accessible for all persons with disabilities in Fiji.
 


Pacific Disability Forum | 1/22/2017 12:00:00 AM