This page contains links to useful disability resources.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Lao PDR is one of 153 signatories to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The UNCRPD entered into force on 3 May 2008 and was ratified by Lao PDR on 25 September 2009. The UNCRPD is significant human rights instrument because it recognises and reaffirms that all persons with disability have fundamental rights and freedoms. In this way, the UNCRPD empowers persons with disability to claim their rights and make their own decisions as opposed to being objects of charity, medical treatment or social protectionism. The UNCRPD is the first comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st century.
The World Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Persons
The World Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Persons (WPA) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 3 December 1982. The WPA is a global strategy focused on the prevention of disability, rehabilitation and equalisation of opportunities encouraging the full participation of people with disability into mainstream society. Like the UNCRPD, the WPA emphasises the need to approach disability from a human rights perspective. The WPA also sets out recommendations for action at national, regional and international levels.
The Biwako Millenium Framework for Action Towards an Inclusive, Barrier-Free and Rights-Based Society for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific and The Biwako Plus Five: Further Efforts Towards an Inclusive, Barrier-Free and Rights-Based Society for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific
The Biwako Millennium Framework for Action Towards an Inclusive Barrier-Free and Rights-Based Society for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (BMF) is the outcome of a high-level meeting of government officials from Asia and the Pacific held in Japan on 25-28 October 2002. Endorsed by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the BMF sets out principles, policy directives and recommendations for priority areas and strategies to further the goals of an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based society for people with disability in Asia and the Pacific. The BMF includes discussion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) as they apply to the disability sector.
The World Health Organisation World Report on Disability
On 9 June 2011 the World Health Organisation in conjunction with the World Bank released the first ever World Report on Disability. The Report is significant to the implementation of the UNCRPD and is invaluable to the public health, human rights and development sectors. The Report suggests that more than one billion people in the world today experience disability. It also describes the challenges faced by people with disability and provides evidence of best practice of what works to overcome these challenges. Importantly, the Report provides policy-makers with a set of concrete recommended actions to foster the inclusion of people with disability within society.