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Weekly Update

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum.
 

Removing the stigma associated with persons with disabilities in the Pacific is one of the commitment that the Pacific Disability Forum(PDF) commit itself to, so that persons with disabilities in the Pacific enjoy life to the full and live in a barrier free and a disability inclusive Pacific society.


Pacific Disability Forum | 4/13/2015 12:00:00 AM

Weekly Update
Weekly Update

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF).
 
Over the years the Pacific Disability Forum has been working together with National Disable People’s Organisations (NDPO’s) around the Pacific to build their organisational capacity so that they increased their recognition and voice in their various countries and, influence policies and programs on disability inclusive developments practices in the Pacific, for governments and partners to include persons with disabilities in their policies and programing. In testimony to this, Pacific countries are signing and ratifying the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, registering persons with disabilities to vote and ensuring that they are included in various government’s initiatives.

Pacific Disability Forum | 4/8/2015 12:00:00 AM

Weekly Update
Weekly Update

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum.
 
Increasing the commitment to protect disability rights and interest in the Pacific is a vital part of PDF’s work in advancing disability in the Pacific. One of PDF’s objective is to strengthen relationship with development partners, donor agencies and national governments to lobby and advocate for the rights and interests of persons with disabilities. On this note PDF always push for governments to sign and ratify the CRPD.

Pacific Disability Forum | 3/27/2015 12:00:00 AM

Pacific Youth Regional Conference on Disability
Pacific Youth Regional Conference on Disability

Young persons with disabilities are partners of today, leaders of tomorrow, and stand for action, change and solutions. This was the emphasis and focus of the Youth Regional Conference on Disability 2015, which was hosted at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi, Fiji on the 16th and the 17th of February.

The Youth Regional Conference on Disability convened development partners, donor agencies, Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs), regional organisations and disability service providers and stakeholders in which they discussed issues, good practices and forged partnership and action towards building a disability inclusive Pacific.

The conference was an ideal opportunity for youths with disabilities in the Pacific  to push for a self-sustaining, climate resilient, peaceful, healthy, inclusive, responsive, democratic and transparent inclusive Pacific society where all young people with disabilities are empowered as equal partners in global efforts for sustainable development.


Pacific Disability Forum | 3/23/2015 12:00:00 AM

Pacific Women Regional Conference on Disability
Pacific Women Regional Conference on Disability

Pacific women with disabilities call on Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) and its partners to push for gender mainstreaming of women and girls with disabilities around the Pacific.
 
This includes the strengthening of commitment to gender equality through the development of organisational gender policies, strategic plans and its implementation through realistic actions by PDF and its partners.

Pacific Disability Forum | 3/23/2015 12:00:00 AM

4th Pacific Regional Conference on Disability
4th Pacific Regional Conference on Disability

The 4th Pacific Regional  Conference on Disability convened more than 200  representatives from Disable Persons Organisations (DPOs), national governments,  development  partners, donor agencies, CSOs, NGOs,  disability  service providers and stakeholders around the Pacific and  international organisations around the globe, at   Tanoa International Hotel from the 16th to the 20th of February 2015 to strengthen partnership and action    towards a disability  inclusive Pacific.

Pacific Disability Forum | 3/23/2015 12:00:00 AM

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PDF CEO Setareki Macanawai's Speech at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan.

THIRD UN WORLD CONFERENCE ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION Sendai, Japan, 14-18 March 2015
WORKING SESSION
Proactive Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction for All

EXCLUSION IS COSTLY AND INCLUSION IS THE KEY TO RESILIENCE!

Pacific Disability Forum | 3/14/2015 12:00:00 AM

Weekly Update
Weekly Update

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum.
 
Reflecting on the pros and cons of the Millennium Development Goals, are important as negotiations for the Post-2015 Development agenda is now at its final stage. With such global documents in place, it provides a guidelines for national, regional and international organisations and institutions to plan out their development and policy needs.

Pacific Disability Forum | 3/13/2015 12:00:00 AM

PDF calls for the mainstreaming of women and girls with disabilitie...
PDF calls for the mainstreaming of women and girls with disabilities

The Pacific Disability Forum calls on governments; development partners, CSOs, NGOs, disability stakeholders and the private sector around the region to include women and girls with disabilities in their programs and activities as the world commemorate International Women’s Day with the theme “Make It Happen”.

Pacific Disability Forum | 3/6/2015 12:00:00 AM

4th PRCD News Update Day 4
4th PRCD News Update Day 4

“In today’s world, partnerships matters.” These were the words of Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji, Ms. Margaret Twomey at the opening of the 4th Pacific Regional Conference on Disability at the Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi.

Pacific Disability Forum | 2/19/2015 12:00:00 AM