18th February 2015
Improve standards for persons with disabilities in society
Fijian Prime Minister Hon. Mr. Voreqe Bainimarama in opening the 4th PRCD urged every participant throughout the region to return to their homes with determination to improve the position of persons with disabilities in our societies.
Mr. Bainimarama stressed the importance of realising the rights of persons with disabilities to be asserted into national laws and policies such as reasonable adaptation of buildings, infrastructure, vehicles, working arrangements, rules, pratices or procedures to enable their full participation in society.
Including persons with disabilities in all aspects of life is important in taking action towards building a disability inclusive Pacific.
A disability inclusive Pacific means bringing people with disabilities from the margins to the centre of our national lives. It means implementing programs and providing services that cater the needs of persons with disabilities.
News Update 2
Partnership and Action towards a disability inclusive Pacific
Hovering on the theme ‘Partnership and action Towards a Disability Inclusive Pacific’, the 4th Pacific Regional Conference on Disability was opened by the Prime Minister of Fiji Hon. Mr. Voreqe Bainimarama this morning. Disability stakeholders, development partners, CSOs, NGOs, Disabled Persons Organisations and representatives from 20 Pacific nations and territories convened at the Tanoa International Hotel, in Nadi, Fiji to discuss ways forward for persons with disabilities in the Pacific.
The Honourable Mr. Voreqe Bainimarama said that today’s discussions would not only be productive and produce tangible benefits for people with disabilities but, also produces a determination on the part of everyone to redouble their efforts before the next regional conference in two years’time.
"'A disability inclusive Pacific means bringing people with disabilities from the margins to the centre of our national lives, it means implementing programs and providing services that cater to their needs and it also means bringing them from the margins of decision making to the centre of national policy formulation.” Mr Bainimarama said
He said while we cannot be judged by the standards of the developed nations when it comes providing services for people with disabilities, we could acknowledge that we all have to do more, adding that it was pleased to note that in the case of many of our nations, the years of neglect were over.
Mr. Bainimarama added for far too long people living with disabilities have been among the most disadvantaged in our societies not only in the Pacific but throughout the developing world.
Mr. Bainimarama expressed his gratitude to the organisers the Pacific Disability Forum, and the Fiji Disabled Peoples Federation and the Australian Government for the financial assistance that had made the important gathering possible.