March 25, 2017 - 10:00am to March 31, 2017 - 9:00am

Pursuant to ESCAP resolution 72/6 Committing to the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific, Governments and other stakeholders will convene at the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD 2017) on the theme of “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing Asia-Pacific.”

More information is available at: http://www.unescap.org/events/apfsd4

Pre-meeting civil society forum
Persons with disabilities from the Asia Pacific Region held a pre-meeting on 25 March to discuss strengthening of regional networks for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in sustainable development. Pursuant to the one day meeting, participants participated in a 3 days long a civil society forum, where a position paper addressing the theme Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing Asia-Pacific for persons with disabilities was developed. The Govermental segment of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development was attended by persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities made interventions and delivered speeches at both events. 

DPO Participation
Persons with Disabilities are intervened and commented on a variety of issues at the Civil Society Forum including the inclusion of persons with disabilities within environmental protection policies, within Disaster Risk Reduction planning and implementation, within attaining and maintaining agricultural and land rights, within maternal and reproductive health programs, in addition to many more issues important to the civil society community. 

Ms Jigjid Dulamsuren representing the World Federation of the Deaf has intervened several times over the last two days bringing to the floor the issues of women living in rural areas and in particular drawing it to examples in Mongolia. Ms Dulamsuren also has drawn to attention the particular barriers faced by women with disabilities in accessing healthcare and services, and requests that civil society as a whole needs to work together on such issues to truly leave no one behind.

Jigjid Dulamsuren representing the World Federation of the Deaf has intervened several times over the last two days bringing to the floor the issues of women living in rural areas    Risna Utami from Indonesia intervenes about the necessiy of public and private partnerships

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Left: Jigjid Dulamsuren representing the World Federation of the Deaf has intervened several times over the last two days bringing to the floor the issues of women living in rural areas and in particular drawing it to examples in Mongolia. 

RightRisna Utami from Indonesia intervenes about the necessiy of public and private partnerships

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