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NYPM 18-2010

06 DECEMBER 2010

PHL CALLS FOR SUPPORT FOR PERSONS WITH DIABILITIES THROUGH PHL-INITIATED UNITED NATIONS RESOLUTION

03 December 2010, New York – The Philippines called for national, bilateral and multilateral policies and programs to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities through a draft resolution that it will submit to the United Nations General Assembly.

 In a panel discussion at the United Nations on “Keeping the Promise: Realizing the Millennium Development Goals for Persons with Disabilities Towards 2015 and Beyond,” the Philippines called on other UN member countries to support the resolution initiated by the Philippines and Tanzania entitled, “Realizing the Millennium Development Goals for Persons with Disabilities Towards 2015 and Beyond.”

The panel discussion was held at the United Nations today on the occasion of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

“ The Philippines has expressed concern on previous occasions that while the Member States of the United Nations strive to achieve the 2015 targets of their commitments in the Millennium Development Goals, efforts and strategies to that end may not effectively filter down to persons with disabilities,” Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Libran N. Cabactulan said.

The Philippines has consistently stressed the importance of including the improvement of the plight of persons with disabilities as an integral part in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the need for conscious efforts to mainstream the issue of persons with disabilities in the MDG strategies and mechanisms.

Among the salient points of the Philippine-sponsored resolution that was adopted by consensus last month by the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of the General Assembly are the following:

 

  • Governments and United Nations bodies and agencies are called upon to include disability issues and persons with disabilities in reviewing progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and to step up efforts to include in their assessment the extent to which persons with disabilities are able to benefit from efforts to achieve the Goals. 
  • The resolution calls on governments to strengthen the collection and compilation of national and data and information about the situation of persons with disabilities following existing guidelines on disability statistics that are disaggregated by sex and age.
  • The United Nations system is also requested to facilitate technical assistance within existing resources, including the provision of assistance for capacity-building, and for the collection and compilation of national and regional data and statistics.
  • The Secretary-General is requested by the General Assembly to provide information on the implementation of the resolution at its sixty-sixth session with a view to convening a high-level meeting at the sixty-seventh session on strengthening efforts to ensure accessibility for and inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of development efforts.

Having been adopted by the Third Committee, the resolution will soon be taken up the by the United Nations General Assembly.

“The resolution, by emphasizing the need for governments and the international community to take concrete action to ensure that persons with disabilities fully participate in all aspects of society and development efforts, takes the promise made by governments at the MDG summit a step closer to our vision of improving the lives of persons with disabilities,” Ambassador Cabactulan said.

Ambassador Cabactulan added that the Philippine Government, for its part, is taking steps to ensure that national policies and programs are inclusive and accessible to all and that the needs of persons with disabilities are taken into consideration and integrated in all aspects of social, political and economic development efforts.

Last year, Republic Act No. 10070 or An Act Establishing an Institutional Mechanism to Ensure the Implementation of Programs and Services for Persons with disabilities in Every Province, City and Municipality, amending Republic Act No. 7277, Otherwise Known as the “Magna Carta for disabled Persons”, As Amended, and for Other Purposes” was enacted into law.

Under the law, national agencies and local government units are mandated to implement policies, plans and programs for the promotion of the welfare of persons with disabilities and enter into joint ventures with organizations or associations of persons with disabilities to explore livelihood opportunities and other undertakings that shall enhance the health, physical fitness and the economic and social well beings of PWDs.

“National efforts, however, to be truly effective, must be complemented by regional and international efforts and we cannot overemphasize the importance of disability inclusive development cooperation within the framework of bilateral, regional and multilateral initiatives,” the Philippine Ambassador stressed. END

 

 


Reference:

Robert E.A. Borje
Third Secretary
Philippine Mission to the United Nations
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Telephone No. 212.764.1300 ext. 23



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