Theme: “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world.”
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is annually observed on 3 December to promote the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities and to take action for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society and development. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
The theme this year is “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world”. The 2022 global observance to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities will be around the overarching theme of innovation and transformative solutions for inclusive development, covering in three different interactive dialogues the following thematic topics:
l Innovation for disability inclusive development in employment (SDG8); and
l Innovation for disability inclusive development in reducing inequality (SDG10); and
l Innovation for disability inclusive development: sport as an exemlar case.
The events and activities are organized by the Ministry of Health and Human Services and OMEKESANG in partnership with their National Partners and will focus on the current situation of persons with disabilities and highlight progress and good practices toward an inclusive, accessible, equitable, and sustainable world while accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
The IDPD 2022 celebration is crucial for governments, public and private sectors, and the community to collaboratively find innovative solutions for and with persons with disabilities to make Palau a more accessible and equitable place.
The celebration will bring together government agencies, persons with disabilities and their representative organizations, civil society, the private sector, the public and government sectors.
This year’s observance in Palau will include a week-long schedule of awareness activities beginning Monday, November 28 and culminating Friday, December 2, 2022.
The IDPD 2022 Committee will implement with its members a series of activities in the lead up to the week and during the week as part of the celebration:
• Monday, November 14, Talk show about Disability challenges and Faith with God
• Friday, Nov 17, Udesuall talk show with OMEKESANG as Special Guest
• Tuesday, November 22, Presidential Proclamation Signing Ceremony
• Monday, November 28, Talk show by OMEKESANG
• Tuesday, November 29, Talk show focus on Health, Education, and Employment/Livelihood, Parade at 3pm from Asanuma Store to PCC Parking/Midtown Mobil follow by Roadside Campaign at 4pm-5pm at PCC Parking/Midtown Mobil
• Wednesday, Nov 30, Radio talk show by CAMP Katuu and Implementation of Access Audit by OMEKESANG
• Thursday, December 1, Family Hour TV with Vice-President Senior, Movie Night by CAMP KATUU, and Implementation of Access Audit by OMEKESANG
• Friday, December 2, Disability Stakeholders Symposium and Dinner Reception
•Saturday, December 3, IDPD Day 1 Mile Walk/Run and Works with Love and Music Therapy Session
Friday, December 2nd – National Disability Stakeholders Symposium
A half-day national open dialogue and discussion on Friday, 2nd December at the Sea Passion Hotel.
• Strengthen the partnership of working together to promote and protect the rights of people with disabilities
• Provide stakeholders the opportunity to share and learn from each other’s experiences.
• Reference best practices and mechanisms to build collaborative solutions.
• Raising awareness about the United Nations Convention for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
• Propose a comprehensive set of recommendations to guide government agencies and offices, policy makers, civil society organizations, private sectors, academic institutions, persons with disabilities through their representative organizations, and the wider community for improving the lives of persons with disabilities in Palau, including through development of national disability policy and legislation for implementation of the CRPD as well as greater public support and advocacy.
The event will be in two segments:
• A panel discussion focusing on services and programs for persons with disabilities in Palau.
• The second part of discussions would be challenges and opportunities relevant to policy setting. Recommendations will be especially pertinent to strengthening policy development and legislation.
Panelists and participants will have the opportunities to discuss and explore the following questions:
• What are inclusive and effective collaborative practices delivering results for persons with disabilities in Palau?
• What are the key lessons learnt – what works and what doesn’t? And why?
• What are the specific roles and contributions of the stakeholders, particularly in reaching out to those left behind, in advancing an inclusive recovery?
• What are our key messages and recommendations?
• What are some ‘new ways of collaborative working’ needed to transform the lives of persons with disabilities and ensure Palau is inclusive and equitable for all?
An opportunity for persons with disabilities to show case their work and share their experiences with guests within the donor, CSO, government and public.
A tentative symposium agenda to be shared soon.

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