Vietnam affirms commitments to ensuring rights of persons with disabilities
New York (VNA) – Vietnam has affirmed the country’s
commitments to effectively implementing the Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at national, regional and global levels
towards the target of not leaving anyone behind.
A vocational training class for persons with
disabilities (Photo: VNA)
Addressing the 12th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to
the CRPD in New York, which took place from June 11-13, Dinh Nho Hung,
Deputy Permanent Representative of the Vietnam Mission to the United Nations
said that Vietnam has for the first time completed a national survey on
persons with disabilities to the international standards.
The survey’s results showing their socio-economic
conditions are important foundation for Vietnam to design policies and
programmes to remove obstacles facing them, increase their engagement in all
social aspects, and improve their living quality.
Hung underscored that Vietnam always gives priority
to activities to raise the awareness of State agencies, persons with
disabilities and their family members as well as the whole community through
training courses, conferences, and media programmes and publications.
Vietnam has chosen April 18 as the Day for Persons
with Disabilities, he noted.
At the session, themed "Ensuring the inclusion of
persons with disabilities in a changing world through the implementation of
the CRPD," representatives from countries and organisations shared their
experience in realizing the convention, ensuring that disabled people are
recognised and respected, and promoting their contributions to the society.
They highlighted the need to making full use of
science and technology to make the life of disabled people easier through
new inventions to renovate their traveling means, hearing and seeing support
devices at affordable cost, thus contributing to coping with challenges
facing them in discrimination, inequality and poverty.
Addressing the event, UN Secretary General Antonio
Guterres said that disability inclusion is central to the promise of the
He called for CRDP members to continue joining hands
together and with UN agencies as well as partners to realise goals of the
He also announced the launching a new UN Disability
Inclusion Strategy, “to raise the standards of the UN’s performance on
disability inclusion across the board, and action to bring about the unified
and transformative change we need”.-VNA