ISLAMABAD: An inter-provincial meeting seeking input on the Survey for the Midpoint Review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities 2013-2020, was held under the chairmanship of Ms. Rabiya Javeri Agha, Addl. Secretary In-charge, Ministry of Human Rights on 10th January, 2017 at 1000 am in the Ministry of Human Rights.
Some of the issues and questions pertaining to Pakistan's initial report on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, being prepared by the Ministry of Human Rights, still require information from the relevant Federal and Provincial Departments, were also shared with the participants. The meeting was attended by senior representatives of the relevant Federal and Provincial stakeholders.
The secretary highlighted that input of the stakeholders was awaited for finalisation of the response to the Survey, to be submitted to UNESCAP Secretariat by 15th January 2017. The participants were also apprised about lack of information and data, still required to finalise Pakistan's initial report on UNCRPD. It was discussed that the response of the Directorate General of Special Education, Capital Administration & Development Division and Provincial Special Education Departments was crucial.
While discussing the coordination issue with the Provincial Departments as a result of devolution, it was informed that the Treaty Implementation Cells at the Federal and Provincial level have been put in place.
The participants were advised to submit their response by 12th January, 2017, enabling the Ministry of Human Rights to forward a consolidated response on Survey to the UNESCAP Secretariat through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before the deadline.