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The UN estimates that 650 million people worldwide have a disability. Approximately 80 per cent of this population live in developing countries with Asia and the Pacific being home to two thirds of these people with disability. People with disability, no matter their disability or country of origin, represent the most disadvantaged and marginalised  group within any society.

As a rich and developed Pacific nation, Australia has a responsibility to its Asia Pacific partners and colleagues with disability. For this reason, PWDA has made a commitment to develop effective and meaningful partnerships with its regional partners to enhance their capacity for self-representation, to build unity and further strengthen the global  disability rights movement.