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Disability inclusiveness: Widening the participation of persons with disabilities in the post-2015 framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
Persons with disabilities remain at high risk with respect to disasters caused by natural hazards. For example, the death rate of persons with disabilities in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami was more than double that of the death rate for the entire population. The earthquake in Haiti in 2010 also disproportionally affected many persons with disabilities. This situation is mainly due to the lack of inclusion of persons with disabilities and their representatives within disaster risk reduction planning from community to national levels as well as within international global frameworks.
In the last few years, the awareness on disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction has increased prominently as evident in some significant international agreements and documents such as Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (adopted in 2006 and opened for signature in 2007) and the recently agreed Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (2012). The most recent Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which took place in Indonesia in October 2012 achieved the most progressive international declaration on disaster risk reduction to date for the inclusion of persons with disabilities.
In the side event, speakers from different countries will present their experience on disability inclusive disaster risk reduction efforts at different levels in society. They will provide a common message and recommendations for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (HFA2).