People With Disability Solomon Islands (PWDSI) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have successfully ended a one-and-half-day collaboration workshop on 4th of March 2020 at the Kitano Mendana Hotel.
Representatives from across the disability sector and partners including the Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs), PWDs, Government Ministries and development organisations attended the partnership workshop. The objectives of the workshop include were:
- To introduce the purpose, vision and goals of PWDSI and their projects for 2020 related to disaster risk reduction and access to justice, and other DPOs;
- Facilitate the sharing of policy developments within the disability sector and identifying collaboration with existing programs implemented by other development partners;
- To enhance the knowledge and understanding of the CRPD and Incheon Goals within the Asia-Pacific Decade for People with Disabilities;
- Facilitate the sharing of ideas for enabling increased access to justice and workshop development of legal clinic for PWDs;
- Increase coordination across the disability sector by strengthening partnerships
- Knowledge sharing of the Fiji experience of disability and social inclusion
Disability inclusion is instrumental to the Sustainable Development Goals and its central pledge to leave no one behind and to reach the furthest behind first. There are approximately 95,400 people with moderate or severe disabilities in the Solomon Islands.
PWDs often face discrimination and inequality therefore, their involvement and inclusion in all development efforts is a key factor for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are a global agreement to build a future that is sustainable and inclusive for everyone.