Cambodia Marks 19th National and 35th International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Government officials, representatives of disabled people and other stakeholders gathered here this morning at Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Centre to celebrate the 19th National and 35th International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The commemoration was held under the presidency of Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the National Defence and high representative of Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.

Samdech Tea Banh said this event is held annually to reflect the Royal Government of Cambodia's commitment to enhance the rights and social welfare of people with disabilities in Cambodia. He also called on the public to encourage and support the disabled people for social integration.

According to the UN website, the annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3 in 1992. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

Building on many decades of UN's work in the field of disability, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted in 2006, has further advanced the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international development frameworks, such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, the New Urban Agenda, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.

The 2030 Agenda pledges to leave no one behind. Persons with disabilities, as both beneficiaries and agents of change, can fast track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development and promote resilient society for all, including in the context of disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action, and urban development. Governments, persons with disabilities and their representative organisations, academic institutions and the private sector need to work as a team to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press