MINISTER for Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation Dr Jiko Luveni was elected vice chairperson of the officials' segment of a disability forum held in Incheon City in the Republic of Korea.
The Intergovernmental Meeting on the Final Review of the Implementation of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons 2003-2012 meeting, was convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) from October 29 to November 2.
The election of Dr Jiko was put forward by the participating delegation from the People's Republic of China and endorsed by members of the meeting.
The meeting considered measures to empower persons with disabilities and promote greater equality, particularly through the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the first disability-specific human rights treaty in the world. Mrs Luveni said the first three days of the meeting were dedicated to officials from the UNESCAP member countries in the Asia Pacific Region.
Regional representatives met with development partners, civil society organisations and inter-governmental agencies to finalise the Incheon strategy on disability.
"The Incheon strategy will replace the Biwako millennium framework for action which is coming to an end this year after guiding disability inclusive development in the Asia Pacific region over the last two decades.
"At the end of the day officials finally agreed on the draft strategy which is now ready to be put before ministers responsible for disability issues for final endorsement.
"Fiji is on track in terms of developing its national policies to guide disability inclusive development and which is well aligned to the international conventions on disability as well as the Asia Pacific Regional Action Plan," she said.