JAKARTA, 6 July 2018 – The Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community, comprised of representatives from the AICHR, SOMSWD and ACWC, convened its seventh meeting on 6 July in Jakarta, Indonesia.

At this meeting, the Task Force continued its deliberation on the draft ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which focuses on the finalisation of the draft Enabling Masterplan, including ways to ensure that the Enabling Masterplan is implementable, effectively monitored and reported.

Furthermore, the meeting also highlighted the importance of the involvement and commitment of all ASEAN Community pillars, respective sectoral bodies and other stakeholders for the effective implementation of the Enabling Masterplan.

The Task Force also met with representatives from the ASEAN Disability Forum (ADF). The meeting discussed ADF’s recommendations to the draft Enabling Masterplan which underscored meaningful participation and empowerment of persons with disabilities and ensuring that the Enabling Masterplan is in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities framework.

Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Socio-Cultural Community Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, through a letter, conveyed his congratulation and support to the Task Force on the regional endeavour in promoting the inclusion and mainstreaming of the rights and perspectives of persons with disabilities.

The meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, Representative of Thailand to the AICHR and Mr. Richard Tan, SOMSWD Focal Point of Singapore with the support of the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).