nt towards inclusion of persons with disabilities. Building on the momentum created by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the Pacific Regional Strategy on Disability (2010-2015) and the Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (2013-2022) have clarified what is needed to realise disability inclusion at the national level. Most PICs have ratified the CRPD, and have jointly adopted the 2016-2025 Pacific Framework for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PFRPD). They have also prioritised empowering persons with disabilities as a key issue requiring collective attention in the 2017 Roadmap for Sustainable Development. These commitments have begun to translate into tangible action in different countries on a range of issues, such as awareness raising, legal harmonisation, data collection, inclusive education, vocational training, access to assistive devices, and inclusive disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response. However, most countries have prioritised only a few issues and to date there have been only small steps taken towards the comprehensive regulatory changes, service development and public resource allocations required to ensure full and effective participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities. Overview Women and men with disabilities are over-represented among the poor and have significantly less economic opportunities than persons without disabilities. Women with disabilities are more likely to experience violence and children with disabilities are less likely to benefit from education, while most countries do not yet have adequate support services and regulations in place to create barrier free environments. Acknowledging the existing barriers and the expected cumulative impact of ageing populations and the non-communicable diseases crisis, in the last five years the leaders of Pacific Island countries (PICs) have demonstrated strong commitment towards inclusion of persons with disabilities. Building on the momentum created by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the Pacific Regional Strategy on Disability (2010-2015) and the Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (2013-2022) have clarified what is needed to realise disability inclusion at the national level. Most PICs have ratified the CRPD, and have jointly adopted the 2016-2025 Pacific Framework for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PFRPD). They have also prioritised empowering persons with disabilities as a key issue requiring collective attention in the 2017 Roadmap for Sustainable Development.

Author International disability alliance

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