The WBUAP Chiba Statement

We the participants at the WBUAP Mid-Term General Assembly in Chiba, Japan, October 31st, 2010,

A: Call upon all countries within the Asia Pacific Region to take timely steps towards signing, ratifying, implementing and monitoring the CRPD (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities),

B: Recognising that unemployment and economic inactivity is a major source of social exclusion across the world for people who are blind or have low vision, urge countries to take proactive steps to identify, and assist people gain access to meaningful employment on an equal basis with others,

C: Affirm the outcome of the Youth Forum, by agreeing to promote activities to strengthen leadership, capacity and networks of young people who are blind or have low vision, for example, by establishing an email discussion list for and about youth issues in the Region.

D: Being moved by the enthusiasm and strong determination, expressed by blind women through the Women’s Forum, therefore urge all concerned parties, especially member countries in the Asia Pacific Region to prepare a statement about strategies being undertaken, or being planned, by member countries to empower blind women within the blindness community and society at large. And further recognise the need to advocate for integrating the mandate of CRPD concerning women with disabilities with mainstream human rights instruments like CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against women).

E. Applaud the contribution and collaboration from partners in Capacity BUILDING of Member Countries in relation to advancing the Human Rights of people who are blind or have low vision, for example, Governments, International Development Organisations, (such as DANIDA) and Civil Society Organisations at large; and further recommend that any future international Development assistance programmes be more disability/blindness inclusive.

F: Place on record our deepest appreciation to the following partners and organisations for the successful outcome of this Mid-Term General Assembly, namely,

  1. National Committee of Welfare for the Blind in Japan, Mr. Yoshihiko Sasagawa, Chairman
  2. World Blind Union and Ms. Maryanne Diamond, and Dr. Penny Hartin, CEO
  3. European Blind Union, Dr. Fred Reid and Dr. Philippa Simkiss
  4. Danish Association of the Blind, Mr. Mikael Bellers Madsen, Ms. Susanne Koch Andersen
  5. All the Assembly speakers, reporters and presenters
  6. Sponsors, members of the Organising Committee, interpreters, volunteers and staff.

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