NEWS: AusAID Prioritizes People with Disabilities
BOB MCMULLAN MP
PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE
MEMBER FOR FRASER
AA 08 67 25 November 2008
The Australian Government has for the first time made people with disability a priority for Australia’s international development
Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, will today launch Australia’s first strategy to guide
Australia’s aid program in supporting people with a disability in the developing world.
An estimated 10 per cent of the world’s population, or around 650
million people, live with a disability. Of these, about 80 per cent
live in developing countries.
“Australia is committed to including people with disability in the
fight against global poverty and supporting them to improve the
quality of their lives,” Mr McMullan said.
“People with a disability are among the poorest and most vulnerable in developing countries,” he said.
The new strategy, ‘Development for All’, aims to improve quality of life for people with disabilities, strengthen prevention efforts and promote international leadership on disability and development.
It also seeks to improve understanding of disability and development across the Asia Pacific region.
“With good leadership, attitudes towards people with disability can change, services can be improved and people’s lives can be transformed -– not only the lives of the person with a disability, but their families and those around them,” Mr McMullan said.
People with a disability face many barriers preventing them from
participating in society, and are more likely to be socially excluded. Women and children with disability often face the greatest challenges.
The Australian Government recognises that poverty and disability are linked and is committed to ensuring that the benefits of development reach those who are most excluded.
Australia has recently ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities, and, in addition to launching the strategy is also preparing a national disability policy to be released in 2009.
Media Contact: Sabina Curatolo (Mr McMullan’s Office) 0400 318 205
AusAID Public Affairs 0417 680 590
I received this press release via Ghulam Nabi Nizamani.
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