Change Your Life by Music & Arts Festival, Bangkok, Thailand, 18-21 December 2008

Posted on 30 October 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Arts, Call for Audio & Visual Materials, Call for Nominations or Applications, East Asia Pacific Region, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Note that the deadline for Thai musicians to apply to perform at this conference is November 30, 2008. Musicians may be either Thai people with disabilities or Thai people without disabilities. Applications and queries should be directed to the conference organizers according to the instructions below. Please do NOT post or email queries to We Can Do, because this blog site is not associated with this conference in any manner.

The 2nd “Change Your Life by Music & Arts” Festival 2008

18 – 21 December 2008, Bangkok, Thailand
HOST Network of Music and Arts for Persons with Disabilities (NMAD) in support of the Health Promotion for People with Disability Program

Queries regarding this conference can please be directed to Mr. Saksil Singburom, or Ms. Manida Sopithpong, or to Mr. Sawang Srisom–NOT to We Can Do.

AFFILIATES
1. Foundation for Children with Disabilities (FCD)
2. Friends 2000 Group
3. Art Lovers with Disabilities Group
4. Disabled Peoples’ International Asia-Pacific (DPI-AP)
5. Association of the Physically Handicapped of Thailand (APHT)

SPONSORS
1. Tourism Authority of Thailand
2. PTT Public Company Limited
3. Bangkok Tourism Division, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)

OBJECTIVES

  • To improve and promote capacity of persons with disabilities in cultural, art and music activities
  • To raise awareness on disability in society by utilizing music and arts as a communication tool with society
  • To strengthen network of culture, arts and music of persons with disabilities in Thailand and other countries
  • To elevate the status of music and art capacities of persons with disabilities in society
  • To promote accessible cultural and art tourism in Thailand

FESTIVAL SCOPE
The 2nd “Change Your Life by Music and Art” Festival 2008 welcomes artists with disabilities from all over Thailand as well as other countries. It is expected to be participated in by networks/organizations/artists with/without disabilities, network of Asia-Pacific Wataboshi, international artists and Thai celebrities

PROGRAM
18 December, Thursday Arrival of foreign participants

19 December, Friday Cultural and art sight-seeing (Supported by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration-BMA)
20 December, Saturday Festival at Santichaiprakarn Park
10:00-23:00 Booths of arts and music by organizations of persons with disabilities and others

11:00 – 18:00 Acoustic music in the garden stage

17:00 – 18:00 Panel Discussion on “Change Your Life by Music” by Senator Monthian Buntan and domestic/international artitists facilitated by Mr. Krisana Chaiyarat (disabled news reporter)

18:00 – 23:00 Concert on river stage

21 December, Sunday Departure of participants

DETAILS OF EVENT
Two performance stages (garden & river stage)

· Garden stage will start from 11:00 – 18:00 showing acoustic music and panel discussion on music and persons with disabilities

· River stage will start from 18:00 – 23:00 (main performances)

Remark: Any university students with/without disabilities who are interested in joining this festival can submit a song composed by themselves and one by other on a CD to the below address (Thai people only) starting from 15 October – 30 November 2008. The final selection of the first 10 bands will be notified on 10 December 2008 (download the application from http://www.nmad2006.com).

Panel discussion on “Change Your Life by Music”

· Senator Monthian Buntan and domestic/international artists facilitated by Mr. Krisana Chaiyarat from 17:00 – 18:00

River stage
· International artists e.g. Japan, Australia, USA, etc.

· Invited celebrieties e.g. To Saksit, Rose Sirintip, Jiab Pisut, Su Boonliang, Noo Miter, Todd Thongdee, et.
· Band/solo artist with disabilities

· Band/solo artist without disabilities

Official release of a music album from NMAD

· Ni-Samran Homwong

Expected MCs
• Khun Petnamneung Sriwattana
• Khun Natagamon Roongtim
• Khun Nattapol Sornlump
• Khun Peerapong Jarusarn
• Khun Jeffrey Benjakul
• Khun Krisana Chaiyarat
• Khun Tankoon Chit-isara
• Khun Nattakarn Prasopsaipornkul (Note)
• DJs from Seed FM.

WHAT WE EXPECTED

  • Thai artist with disabilities will be empowered by music and arts.
  • Society realizes capacities of artists with disabilities leading to better understanding on disability.
  • Networks of music and arts will be created in Thailand, Asia-Pacific and other regions.
  • Persons with disabilities spend their free time more in music and art activities
  • Music and arts will help with physical and psychological health of persons with disabilities
  • Accessible tourism in cultural and art attractions will be promoted in Thailand and other countries.

HOW IT CAN BE EXTENDED

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CONFERENCE: 1st Asia-Pacific CBR Congress, 9-11 Dec. 2008, Bangkok

Posted on 23 May 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), Cross-Disability, East Asia Pacific Region, Events and Conferences, Opportunities, Rehabilitation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The 1st Asia-Pacific Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Congress is being held 9 to 11 December 2008 at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand. It is being sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Royal Thai Government.

This conference offers CBR implementers, policy-makers, government organizations and agencies, parents groups, and representatives of disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) from all over the Asia-Pacific region to exchange experiences, to form a network, and learn about new trends in CBR. These topics will be examined within the context of the Asia-Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (2003-2012) and the new Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Objectives include: bringing stakeholders together to share resources; developing an alliance and resource base for the Asia-Pacific region among the United Nations, Government Organizations (GO), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Disabled People Organizations, and others; promoting CBR as a strategy for reducing poverty and enhancing the quality of life for persons with disabilities and their families; promoting the importance of implementing the CRPD, the Biwako Millennium Framework (BMF) and BMF+5; andpromoting community-based inclusive development for people with disabilities and their families.

According to the conference web site, the official language of the congress will be English. Efforts will be made for simultaneous translation in Arabic, Russian, Chinese, and Thai for all plenary sessions subject to level of participation from these regions. Congress proceedings also will be available in accessible format as much as possible.

Learn more about the 1st Asia-Pacific Community-Based Rehabiltation Congress at their web site at:

http://www.cbr-asiapacific.org/

Any inquiries should please be directed to the conference organizers, not to We Can Do. Interested parties should please follow the above links to the conference web site.



We Can Do learned about the 1st Asia-Pacific Community-Based Rehabiltation Congress via the Disabled People International electronic newsletter. Further detail was gathered at the conference web site.

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Bangkok Event Marks Entry into Force of Disability Rights Treaty

Posted on 29 April 2008. Filed under: Announcements, East Asia Pacific Region, Human Rights, News, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

United Nations in Bangkok to Mark Entry into Force of Treaty on Disability Rights
Special Event to be Held on Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Bangkok (United Nations Information Services) – A ground-breaking new international treaty, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, will enter into force on 3 May 2008 – one month after it was ratified by the twentieth country.

In Asia and the Pacific, which is home to about 400 million persons with disabilities, Bangladesh, India and the Philippines are the three countries which have already ratified the Convention. Thailand is expected to do so soon.

The Convention is the first ever international treaty on the human rights of persons with disabilities. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2006, and it aims to ensure that people with disabilities enjoy human rights on an equal basis with others.

To celebrate the Convention’s entry into force, three UN bodies in Bangkok will organize a special event on Wednesday, 30 April 2008, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 a.m., at the United Nations Conference Centre.

It is being jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP’s Executive Secretary, will address the event, which will feature a keynote speech by Senator Monthian Buntan of Thailand – who is blind – on the impact of the entry into force of the Convention and the importance of its ratification for countries in the region. Ms. Syeda Saiyidain Hameed, a member of the
Government of India’s Planning Commission, will also speak.

A related photo exhibition, entitled “Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities,” will be on display featuring various prize-winning photographs. The special event will also include a live musical performance by a group from Thailand, “The Network of Music and Arts of Persons with Disabilities.”

About ten per cent of the world’s total population – around 650 million people – are estimated to be living with various forms of disabilities. The percentage is even higher among the world’s poorest people, around 20 per cent of them having some kind of disability. People with disabilities are mostly marginalized and among the poorest of the poor, with limited access to education, employment, housing, transportation and health services. They represent a significant, but generally overlooked, development challenge.

Ensuring equality of rights and access for all persons with disabilities would have a beneficial impact on the social and economic conditions of each country, by enhancing their participation in education, employment, cultural, social and political activities and increasing their consumer power.

The new Convention marks a significant step in this direction. It encourages States to stop viewing persons with disabilities as passive recipients of charity, medical treatment and social protection. Instead, it casts persons with disabilities as active members of society and “subjects” who have rights and are capable of claiming those rights, being also able to make key decisions based on their free and informed consent.

NOTE TO THE MEDIA: Media representatives are cordially invited to attend this special event on Wednesday, 30 April, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at the Reception Hall, Ground Floor, United Nations Conference Centre, at ESCAP’s headquarters in Bangkok.

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For further information, please contact:

Ms. Aiko Akiyama
Population and Social Integration Section
Emerging Social Issues Division
ESCAP
Bangkok
Tel: 662-2882315
Mobile: 66-81-8309176
Fax: 662-2881030 or 2881009

or

Mr. Ari Gaitanis
United Nations Information Services
ESCAP
Bangkok
Tel: 662-2881862
Fax: 662-288-1052
Email: unisbkk.unescap@un.org

Aiko Akiyama
Social Affairs Officer
Emerging Social Issues Division (ESID)
UNESCAP
RAJDAMNERN NOK AVENUE,
BANGKOK 10200
THAILAND
Tel: 66-2-288-2315
Fax: 66-2-288-1030
Cellular: 66-81-830-9176
Email akiyama@un.org
http://www.unescap.org/esid/psis/disability/index.asp



This announcement was recently circulated on the Global Partnership for Disability and Development listserv.

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NEWS: Asian Recommendations on the Intellectually Disabled

Posted on 3 November 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Cognitive Impairments, East Asia Pacific Region, News | Tags: , , , , |

UNESCAP News Services
Date 15 October 2007
Press Release No. G/47/2007

First Regional Recommendations on the Intellectually Disabled Adopted

Bangkok (United Nations Information Services) — A United Nations sponsored meeting has made recommendations on ways to empower persons with intellectual disabilities and their families in Asia and the Pacific. A first in the region, the Shanghai Recommendations were adopted at a workshop organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the China Disabled Persons’ Federations (CDPF) which took place from 11 to 13 October in the Chinese city.

The meeting brought together people with intellectual disabilities, their families, experts and policymakers from China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. The participants also attended the closing ceremony of the Special Olympics in the evening of 11 October.

“Many people think that we intellectually disabled persons cannot do anything”, said one participant, Robert Martin from New Zealand. “What we want is not pity, but empathy.”

“I have a dream”, said another participant with intellectual disabilities, Ms. Mayumi Narasaki from Japan. “I want to study at the university; want to be friends with a lot of people and want to be a professor of law so that I can explain laws to persons with intellectual disabilities in an easy-to-understand manner.”

“Voicing their concerns themselves at a UN forum provides them with a sense of legitimacy and confidence, which they have been often denied to have”, said Aiko Akiyama of UNESCAP, one of the organizers of the meeting.

Persons with intellectual disabilities face prejudice, discrimination, abuse and various barriers to enjoying equal legal protection. They are also denied access to quality and affordable health cares, education, training that leads to gainful employment, living as part of a community, enjoying family life, and an adequate standard of living.

Due to stigma and a lack of social support in the region, care for persons with intellectual disabilities is usually left entirely to their families, often causing financial and emotional stress. Many care-givers are worried about what would happen to their children or siblings with intellectual disabilities after they themselves become old or die.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), adopted by the UN last December, supports the realization of rights by persons with all disabilities, and affirms supported-decision making instead of substitute decision-making by persons with intellectual disabilities. As of early November 2007, 118 countries have signed the CRPD and 7 countries have ratified it.

The Shanghai Recommendations on the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities will have a user-friendly version for persons with intellectual disabilities. The Recommendations thank China for hosting the UNESCAP Regional conference; recognizes the signifance of international and regional documents on disabilities, including the CRPD; and recognizes the progress made by governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to improve the status of persons with intellectual disabilities persons. However, the Recommendations also note that people with intellectual disabilities are more likely to face prejudice, discrimination, abuse, human rights violations, and barriers to the services they and their families need.

It calls on governments to sign, ratify, and implement the CRPD. Furthermore, the recommendations calls for governments, NGOs, the private sector, and international organizations to take a series of actions including to support self-advocacy efforts among people with intellectual disabilities; ensure their participation in decision-making that affects them; promote the employment of people with intellectual disabilities; and more.

The full text of the Shanghai Recommendations is posted at http://www.worldenable.net/shanghai2007/shanghairecommendation.htm

For more information, please contact Aiko Akiyama, Social Affairs Officer, UNESCAP, email: akiyama@un.org, Tel +66-2-288-2315

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Headquartered in Bangkok, UNESCAP is the largest of the UN’s five Regional Commissions in terms of its membership, population served and area covered. The only inter-governmental forum covering the entire Asia-Pacific region, UNESCAP works to promote economic and social progress. More information on UNESCAP is available from www.unescap.org


The original version of this press release is posted at http://www.unescap.org/unis/press/2007/oct/g47.asp; We Can Do has made modifications to link to the CRPD text and indicate the current number of signatories and ratifications; and to summarize the recommendations.


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