130517 UN High level mtg MDGs regional report Asia Pacific

130517 Asia-Pacific Input to the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Realization of the Millennium Development Goals and Other Internationally Agreed Development Goals for Persons with Disabilities
New York, 23 September 2013

The representatives of members and associate members of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), assembled at “The Way Forward: Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on a Disability-inclusive Development Agenda towards 2015 and Beyond” held in Bangkok from 15 to 16 May 2013 (hereinafter referred to as the Asia-Pacific Consultation).

The Asian and Pacific region is home to two-thirds of the global population. The region is noted for its economic vibrance and progress in reducing poverty. At the same time, it faces development challenges that are closely associated with growing economic and social inequalities. It is also the region most adversely affected by disasters. It is estimated that there are 650 million persons with disabilities in this region, most of whom live in poverty, and in developing countries. However, there is a lack of reliable statistics that are comparable over time and across borders. Disability-inclusive development is thus a necessary condition for the region’s further economic advancement and social progress.

Since the Millennium Development Goals do not explicitly refer to disability-related concerns, the post-2015 development agenda presents a landmark opportunity for mainstreaming disability dimensions into the development process of the twenty-first century, thereby ensuring the inclusiveness of economic growth, social progress, environmental sustainability, and peace and security.