UNESCO Launched Programme "Promoting Social Inclusion of Persons Living with Disabilities"
April 2, 2013, Yogyakarta. UNESCO and Yogyakarta City Government Signed a Partnership Agreement for Future Collaboration on Awareness Raising and Capacity Building Activities for the Social Inclusion of Persons Living With Disabilities.
On April 2 UNESCO and Yogyakarta City Government hosted a High Level Meeting of Mayors for inclusive cities for the launching of UNESCO’s new project ‘Promoting Social Inclusion of Persons Living with Disabilities in Indonesia’. UNESCO and Yogyakarta City Government signed a partnership agreement for future collaboration.
UNESCO will support the exchange of best practices from different regions in Indonesia regarding the design and implementation of policy initiatives that have promoted the inclusion of disabled people. This project is part of new joint UN effort to promote the implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of Person Living with Disabilities (UNCRPD) ratified by the Government of Indonesia in 2011.
The High Level Meeting of Mayors for Inclusive Cities discussed the challenges and opportunities for the fulfillment of the rights of disabled people in areas such as education, participation is social and political life, and ICTs. Several policy makers for around Indonesia attended the meeting, including among others the mayors of Banjarmasin, Aceh and Metro and the regents of Sleman and Gunungkidul.
Dr. Hubert Gijzen, Director and Representative of UNESCO Office-Jakarta, stressed UNESCO’s commitment to train local officials on implementation the UN Convention of the Rights of Disabled People (UNCRDP). He also explained that UNESCO chose Yogyakarta for the launching of its new project due to the city’s and region’s advanced regulations, the commitment of local Officials to the improvement of the rights of disabled people in line with the UNCRPD and the active participation and involvement of Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) in the city.
The Mayor of Yogyakarta Mr. Haryadi Suyuti expressed his willingness to collaborate with UNESCO in a process that will facilitate the exchange of ideas between DPOs and policy-makers and he invited other Mayors to join in this initiative.
The Government of Indonesia ratified the UNCRPD in October 2011. Attention to disability rights by the government has increased since then. UNESCO project is part of a joint UN initiative that aims to support dissemination and implementation of the U.N. Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). ILO, UNESCO, UNFPA and WHO will be working with the Government of Indonesia and DPOs to address two specific areas of interventions: 1) to reinforce national institutions and mechanisms for better and stronger coordination in raising awareness and promoting disability rights that will remove bottlenecks enabling sustainable government interventions and allocation of budgets for disability, and 2) to strengthen technical capacity of Statistics Indonesia to provide with improved disability data for more strategic policies concerning persons with disabilities.
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