RI Global News Alert: Asia-Pacific Meeting on Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction: Changing Mindsets through Knowledge

21 April 2014

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RI Global: Office of Communications

Contact: Adrian Brune, +1 347-759-9501

The Asia-Pacific Meeting on Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction, organized by UN ESCAP, Rehabilitation International and Nippon Foundation, begins 22 April in Sendai, Japan. The meeting will bring together disaster risk policy experts, disability policy experts and disability rights experts to discuss disability inclusion in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

Asia-Pacific is the region most adversely affected by disasters, and persons with disabilities are approximately two to four times more likely to die than the general population when a disaster occurs. Often, disability perspectives are not included in legal frameworks, policies and action plans for DRR, and physical infrastructure and disaster response services do not incorporate universal design principles. Public service announcements are often issued in inaccessible formats, and shelters and other facilities often are not barrier-free.

RI President Jan Monsbakken will introduce the event and speak about meeting objectives, format and expected outcome. Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction is a focus of RI in 2014, and this event is one facet of our mission to make DRR more inclusive and accessible.

Watch video of the event

Read more about the meeting from UN ESCAP

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