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Inclusion of children with disabilities benefits society as a whole

Remarks by Baba Danbappa, Representative, UNICEF Papua New Guinea

On the occasion of the launch of 'The State of the World’s Childrens Report 2013: Children with disabilities'

Today, we celebrate the life of every child and woman of Papua New Guinea, especially those who are differently abled.  We at UNICEF thank the Department of Community Development for the opportunity to help review policies and develop programmes that give children with disabilities the opportunity to live dignified and fulfilling lives. It’s an honour to be here.

These children, their daily struggles for acceptance, for their rights as children, deserve more attention.  Because all children, here and around the world, have a right to be safe and secure, healthy and protected, educated and able to pursue their dreams.

This year’s 'The State of the World’s Children Report 2013: Children with Disabilities' is a rallying call to engage with partners to address the policies, multi sectoral programmes, skills, budgeting to ensure that no child is left behind. We shall discuss more on the coming sessions but I would like to take the opportunity to bring to your attention the key highlights of this publication:

  • Like all children, those with disabilities have many abilities, but are often excluded from society by discrimination and lack of support, leaving them among the most invisible and vulnerable children in the world
  • Children with disabilities often experience multiple deprivations, limiting their opportunities and marginalizing them further.
  • Changing perceptions and policies with the active involvement of children with disabilities is vital to fulfil their rights and the promise of a truly inclusive society.
  • Commitments to more inclusive societies have improved the situation of many children with disabilities, but progress is uneven. Key steps have to be taken to accelerate progress and reduce disparities.

I am pleased to jointly launch this Report at this National Consultation on Disability Policy with the Secretary of the Department for Community Development and feel confident that your review will be a milestone that will ensure the Rights of the children with disability are highlighted . 

These children , their daily struggles for acceptance, for their rights as children, deserve more attention.  Because all children, here and around the world, have a right to be safe and secure, healthy and protected, educated and able to pursue their dreams.
their dreams.

Thank You.


 

 

 
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