International Organization Cooperation
As a regional commission of United Nations Economic and Social Council, ESCAP focuses on the development of the Asian-Pacific region, consisted of 53 member states and 9 associate member states. UN ESCAP declared the ‘Asian Pacific Decade of Disabled persons(1993-2002)’, the first region level declaration to succeed the ‘United Nations Decade of Disabled persons (1983-1992)’ and currently implementing the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities(2013-2022). As the secretariat of the declaration, UN ESCAP supports the member states to ratification and implementation of the United Nations Convention on Rights of the People with Disability.
The member states of UN ESCAP determined the path of action of the ‘Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities(2013-2022)’ as Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific. The Secretariat of the MRR Fund cooperates with UN ESCAP and supports assistive devices for Accessibility center in UN ESCAP headquarters, supports the UN ESCAP statistics project, and facilitates the MRR Fund working group meeting. The Secretariat plans to conduct various cooperative projects with UN ESCAP.
Assistance for ESCAP Statistics Project
The absence of reliable and comparable data on disability has been pointed out as the main obstacle to successful fulfillment of MRR fund, and accurate evaluation of the status quo. When preceded with reliable data building, the data would be scientific evidence as to policy making for the persons with disability. To meet this end, UN ESCAP and the secretariat checks the national statistics system, and collects the relevant data in the Asian-Pacific region.
The official project naming is ‘Towards the Incheon Strategy to ensure the Rights of Person With Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific', the project duration from February 2014 to February 2018.
UN ESCAP statistics project aims to guide data collection and generation of each ESCAP member state stake holders: the government offices in charge of national disability policy, national statistical office, and civil society organizations(CSO). Through providing consultation with relevant methodologies and tools, UN ESCAP encourages ESCAP states to build national action plans for data collection on the Incheon Strategy indicators.
Member States, have specifically committed to establishing a baseline with reliable statistics by the midpoint of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities in 2017, as a source of tracking progress towards the achievement of the Incheon Goals. Moreover the ESCAP statistics project promotes the fulfillment of Incheon strategy by knowledge enforcement, information development and disability research in the context of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.
Accessibility center and Assistive Devices Provided
UN ESCAP located in Bangkok, Thai, convenes the facility for international conferences and networking hub between regions to encourage disability inclusive international cooperation.
However besides the increase of acknowledgement to leave no one out, the UN ESCAP headquarters lacked to equip the facility to assist the persons with disability’s accessibility to participate in conferences held in UN ESCAP headquarters. Moreover Bangkok, the location of UN ESCAP, ran short of accessible transportation, neither organizations providing assistive devices for persons with sight and hearing disability.
At 28th May, distinguished figures attended to celebrate the establishment of the centre; United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Director of Self-support Assistance Division for Persons with Disabilities of Ministry of Health & Welfare Republic of Korea,
Mr. Yang Dongkyo, Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Taeho Lee. The Accessibility center was consisted of 13 electric wheel chairs in each different kind, and braille printers which all supported by MRR Fund secretariat for the accessibility of all visiting persons with disability. After the opening ceremony, the secretariat provided ESCAP staff whose responsibility is maintaining the facility with training programmes so as to enable staff to manage the facility with proper skills.
[Opening Ceremony of UN ESCAP Accessibility Center (2015)]
[Additional Provision of Assistive Devices (2016)]
Facilitating the MRR Fund Working group Meeting
ESCAP works to overcome some of the Asian-Pacific region’s greatest challenges by providing results oriented projects, technical assistance and capacity building to member states in macroeconomic policy, poverty reduction, social development, statistics, and energy. In particular ESCAP promotes rigorous analysis and peer learning in our core areas of work; translates these findings into policy dialogues and recommendations; and provides good development practices, knowledge sharing and technical assistance to member States in the implementation of these recommendations.
This being so, ESCAP providing Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disability, as a consultative body of Incheon Strategy, serves those purposes which the MRR Fund secretariat supports facilitating. Further more the MRR Fund Working Group consist of government officials of ESCAP states and experts of civil society organizations, to provide technical assistance for the member states and associate member states held annually since 2014 so as to effectively implement the Incheon Strategy.
The Incheon Strategy was adopted at 2012 as the action plan of the ‘3rd decade of Aisan-Pacific People with Disability’ with the first Working Group in Incheon and the first Incheon Strategy Working Group meeting at February 2014.
From its incipient setting, ESCAP members and CSOs came to agree upon a draft of the road map as operational guidelines to ensure full compliances with the Incheon Strategy among participants and adopted the road map at the 70th commission session of ESCAP. Consequently, 14 government officers and 17 CSO representatives (including observers) gathered in the 2nd Working Group at New Dehli, India at 2nd and 3rd March, 2016 February, 2014 to track the status quo of fund raising and fulfillments of Incheon Strategy.
ESCAP convened the second session in March of the ensuing year, in New Delhi, India. With the turnout of 14 government representatives and 17 members from CSOs, the second session underscored resource allocation, the preparation of mid-year evaluation of Incheon strategy, and performance monitoring among Asian-Pacific countries. As a joint-executive of Incheon Strategy Fund: Make the Right Real Fun, the secretariat reported the use and expenses of the Fund to session attendee.
[The 1st Working Group meeting (2014)]
[The 4th Working Group meeting (2017)]
Meeting of Champions and Promoters on Asian and Pacific Decades of Persons with disability.
To achieve the goal of Incheon Strategy, stake holders agreed on the necessity to establish the road map for the implementation of the strategy and cooperate as an effective team. Accordingly, in August 2012, the Asian and Pacific champion election committee came up with 10 champions and 7 promoters whose lifes were dedicated to uphold the rights of persons with disability where they stand.
Most of them were considered as experts, social activists, politicians with disability related knowledge and experiences at national or international level. The elected champions and promoters take leading roles to raise awareness around and push forward Incheon Strategy in their countries.
Meeting of champions and promoters on Asian and Pacific Decades of Persons with Disability firstly launched in October 2013. The meeting was weighted to formulate the road map, find methodological approach to the each objectives of Incheon Strategy, as well as search for the way to forage partnership. In this meeting Hyun-mi Cha, Director of Division of Rights Promotion for Persons with Disabilities from the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the researcher in charge of Office of Policy Research from KoDDI attended as representatives of Korea.