Dr. Zhang Lei Attended "The 2nd Asia-Pacific CBR Congress "
In the context of First Asia-Pacific CBR congress held in Bangkok,
Thailand in February 2009, "The Second Asia-Pacific CBR (Community
Based Congress) Congress" was held on Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, 2011, in
Manila, Philippine. Dr. Zhang Lei, from Institute of Population
Research, Peking University / China Research Center of Disability and
Development, PKU, was invited to attend the congress.
Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino
Chairperson of National Council of Disability Affairs Corazon Juliano
Soliman, chairperson of CBR Asia-Pacific Network Noor Yasmin Abdul Karm,
the World Health Organization Representative in the Philippines Soe
Nyunt-U, and the Regional Director of CBM South East Asia & Pacific
Region Rainer Guetler were attending the opening session. More than 600
registered representatives and totally more than 1,000 participants from
48 countries and regions attend the congress.
The congress was an opportunity for countries in the region to
share/enhance the Regional Framework for Action on Community-based
Rehabilitation 2010-2020. It emphasized that CBR is a rights-based
community development strategy, based on the principle of inclusion,
participation, self-advocacy, and sustainability. The congress discussed
the best practices relative to the implementation of the CRPD and their
experiences and recommendations in establishing the link between CBR and
the UN-CRPD. It shared on how CBR might be a meaningful tool in
generating awareness and in establishing support mechanisms to ensure
that persons with disabilities will enjoy their rights and be protected
as citizens of their respective nations.
Four objectives were set to the congress which were: (1) to promote
multi-sectoral partnerships for the implementation of UNCRPD, MDG and
other development initiatives; (2) to share good practices in CBR for
inclusive Development; (3) to promote the CBR Asia-Pacific Network; (4)
to explore the possibilities of forming the CBR global network. Based on
the above objectives, all the representatives had several spirited
discussion on the topic of "CBR country experience", "mental health"
"HIV / AIDS", "gender equality among persons with disability", "chronic
illnesses", "armed conflict situation", "climate change, disasters risk
reduction, emergency response, "" the livelihood of people with
disabilities, "" social participation of persons with disabilities:
attitudinal change "," Inclusive Education "," NHE / ICT transportation
accessibility "," disabled people's organizations "," working with media
and research institutions. " "support organization" et al. 30 topics
related to the development of persons with disabilities.
Dr. Zhang Lei had a discussion with Ms. Cai Yinghong (Country
Representative of China, CBM China Office) and Ms. You Hong (Director,
department of rehabilitation, CDPF) on the topic of "academic research
and CBR development in China".