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.
The Fifth biennial conference will focus on the theme ‘Building a more inclusive and equitable Pacific for all persons with disabilities’ which focuses on the role of the Sustainable Development Goals in building a more inclusive and equitable Pacific for all persons with disabilities. Disability issues to date in all its form is yet to be fully mainstreamed into national governments policy and translated into action at the national and down to the community level. Hence, the conference aims to create a platform for development partners, governments and disability stakeholders from the region to highlight gaps, share best practices and highlight ways in building a more inclusive and equitable society for all persons with disabilities.
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The conference will provide a platform for PDF and its partners to discuss ways that will contribute to the building of a more inclusive and equitable Pacific for all persons with disabilities. In the next three years PDF aims to advocate for the recognition and enjoyment of all human rights for all persons with disabilities, the conference will be a stepping stone towards this direction as it will facilitate effective discussions among PDF, its member DPOs and other stakeholders on building a more inclusive and equitable Pacific for all persons with disabilities.
The conference will bring together people from around the globe to share best practice, challenges and ways forward in ensuring a Pacific that is inclusive of and equitable for all persons with disabilities.
Preceding the main conference are the women and youth with disabilities forum, which open on 20 February 2017 and run concurrently from the 20 to 21 February 2017. The forums will bring together women and youth leaders with disabilities to share thoughts, insights and experiences on priority areas of focus in building an inclusive and equitable Pacific for women and youth with disabilities. At the end of each forums, the women and youth with disabilities in the Pacific will provide key recommendations to the main conference outcomes documents, which will support the PDF secretariat in mapping the ways forward for women and girls with disabilities in the next three years.