From 14-16 June, the Disability Mainstreaming Advisory Service (DMAS) is participating in the 15th Session of the Conference of the State Parties (CoSP) 2022, with support from the USAID Okard project implemented by World Education, Inc., in partnership with Humanity and Inclusion. DMAS improves access to quality rehabilitation and economic opportunities for persons with disabilities, and supports the design and implementation of disability inclusive policies.
DMAS commenced their visit with a successful meeting with H.E. Mr. Anouparb Vongnorkeo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Lao PDR to the UN. DMAS represented the voice of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPD) from Lao PDR by sharing the key activities of the OPD network in Laos and emphasized the need for development partners to proactively engage with OPD representatives in promoting disability inclusive development. In line with the Annual Disability Policy Dialogue 2022, which was led by the National Committee of Disabled and Elderly (NCDE) and OPDs in Lao PDR, DMAS appealed to the Permanent Mission Office to support the Lao government by mainstreaming disability in their respective policies and programs.
During the discussion, DMAS also advocated for support from the Permanent Mission Office for one of the Lao OPD members to be elected as a Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Committee member in 2023.
Stay tuned for more updates! Ms. Metta Thippawong, co-founder of DMAS, has been selected as one of the speakers to represent civil society organizations during the General Debate today at 10am (EST) / 7pm (ICT). She will be speaking on economic empowerment and entrepreneurship for persons with disabilities, with specific reference to Lao PDR. H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, is also expected to make an opening statement.