ILO participates in the Pacific Island Forum Disability Ministers Meeting

The 2nd Pacific Island Forum Disability Ministers’ Meeting was held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 3-4 October 2012, with the theme of ‘Progressing Disability Inclusive Development’.

The two-day meeting discussed emerging issues relating to disability inclusive development in the Pacific; share good practices in the region in areas of policies, services and programme initiatives in disability development; and provide information on upcoming international forums on Disability. In her closing remarks at the Meeting, Senator Jan McLucas, the Australian Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to disability inclusive development in the Pacific.

The ILO’s recommendations were presented to the Ministerial meeting and were fully accepted by the participating Ministers. This provides a platform for the ILO to engage more directly with the Pacific Island Countries in addressing the Vocational Training and Employment needs of people with disabilities, which can also be included in the currently being revised DWCPs.

Leading up to this important regional event the ILO had:
  1. conducted a one-day meeting with government officials who would support their Ministers at the above-mentioned meeting on Convention 159 and Recommendation 168.
  2. produced the booklet “Disabilities and Decent Work in the Pacific:The case for disability inclusive employment” This publication aims to highlight some of the challenges faced by persons with disability in accessing decent jobs and to identify relevant labour standards and other policy interventions that could advance disability in the workplace and assist Pacific Island countries address these challenges.