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International Forum on Disability and Development held in Peking University,

and declared Weiming Proposition

 

        International Forum on Disability and Development ——Seminar on the Research Output of the Second China Sample Survey on Disability was successfully held in Sunny Hall, Overseas Exchange Center, Peking University, Beijing, China from December 10 to 12. This forum was co-sponsored by China Disabled Persons’ Federation(CDPF) and Peking University, co-organized by Institute of Population Research, PKU and the Office of the Second China National Sample Survey on Disability, with assistance from University of Southern California and Griffith University, Australia. More than 300 scholars and practitioners from in and abroad have a enthusiastic discussion on the issues concerned with persons with disability.

        Guoyou ZHANG, Vice-President of PKU and the Director of China Research Center for Disability and Development, PKU, chaired the opening ceremony. 

 

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Weifang MIN, Party Secretary of PKU, giving speech

 

        Peiyun Peng, Vice-Chairman of Standing Committee of the 9th National People's Congress and Chairman of Population Society of China, Weifang MIN, Alternate Members of CPC and Party Secretary of PKU, Xinxian WANG, Secretary of Party Leadership Group of CDPF and Deputy Team Leader of the Second National Sample Survey on Disability, Weimin ZHANG, Deputy Director of National Statistic Bureau, Yupei DOU, Vice-Minister of Ministry of Civil Affairs, Xiaoquan TANG, President of CDPF, Siri TellierDirector of the United Nations Population Fund headquarters in Geneva Office, Cris Tunon, the Senior Programme Management Officer of WHO China, Marilyn Flynn, Dean of the School of Social Work in University of Southern California and Lesley Chenoweth, professor of Australia Griffith University attended the conference and gave the opening speech.

 

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Guoyou ZHANG, Vice-President of PKU chairing the opening ceremony

 

        Leaders of National Population and Family Planning Commission, the Ministry of Finance, the State Committee on Aging, the National Bureau of Statistics, the Ministry of Civil Affairs and some others at all levels attended the opening ceremony. Former director of the National Bureau of Statistics, Jingxin SUN, also presented. People attending the forum also included a large number of distinguished scholars and experts from the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, South Korea and other countries, as well as China's Hong Kong and Taiwan regions, representatives of 31 provincial DPF, the members of the Office of the Second China National Sample Survey on Disability in provincial level, and experts from Peking University, Tsinghua University, Renmin University of China and 20 other universities, as well as the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and government research institutions, etc.

 

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Xinxian WANG, Secretary of Party Leadership Group of CDPF, giving speech

 

        This was the first international forum on the issues of disability persons held in China. It has of great social significance and academic significance. Professor Weifang MIN, Party Secretary of PKU, gave a high praise to the Second China National Sample Survey on Disability, and regarded that the cooperation of Institute of Population Research, PKU and the Office of Second China National Sample Survey on Disability has provided a successful model of PKU to actively support and participate in the resolution of China's economic construction and social development in the study of major issues. Professor MIN also gave a full affirm on the outstanding contribution of Institute of Population Research, PKU, for its work on birth defects and disability prevention interventions. In his speech, as the representative of all the PKU faculties and students, he distributed an advocacy, which appealed for the care for the disabled, active prevention of disability and expected the broad masses of scientific and technological workers would be more actively join the causes of the disability theoretical and applied research.

 

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Peiyun Peng, Vice-Chairman of Standing Committee of the 9th National People's Congress, presenting prizes for participants

 

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Weimin ZHANG, Deputy Director of National Statistic Bureau, giving speech

 

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Yupei DOU, Vice-Minister of Ministry of Civil Affairs, giving speech

 

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Siri TellierDirector of the United Nations Population Fund headquarters in Geneva Office, giving speech

 

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Cris Tunon, the Senior Programme Management Officer of WHO China, giving speech

 

        There was also an outstanding national and provincial projects awards ceremony in the opening ceremony. The research group of IPR, PKU, under the direct of Professor Xiaoying ZHENG, won the top prize and first prize. Vice-Chairman Peiyun PENG presented the awards to the winners.

 

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Prof. Zheng Xiaoying presenting keynote speech at the forum

 

        Professor MIN then announced the leading member list of China Research Center for Disability and Development, according to which, assigned Vice-Chairman Peiyun PENG as the Special Adviser, President Pufang DENG as the Honorary Director, Professor Guoyou ZHANG, Vice-President of PKU and Kai CHENG, Vice-President of CDPF as the Director, while Gong CHEN, Executive Director of the Institute of Aging Studies, PKU and Xinmin CHEN, Director of the Research Office of CDPF, as the Executive Directors, Xiaoying ZHENG, Director of IPR and Dr.Kai CHENG, Vice-President of CDPF as Directors of its Scientific Committee.

 

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Xiaoquan TANG, President of CDPF, presenting prizes for participants

 

        After the opening ceremony, Professor Robert Jacobs, Director and Professor of USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Professor Xiaoying ZHENG, Director of IPR, PKU delivered keynote speeches respectively serving as a prelude to this forum.

 

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Gong Chen, deputy director of China Research Center on Disability and Development, Peking University, summarizing the forum

 

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Kai Cheng and Marlene Wagner jointly declare Weiming Proposition

 

        More than three hundreds of scholars and practitioners from China and other countries have shared rich results through lively discussions within the three days. The whole forum witnessed a perfect ending in the afternoon of Dec 12. At the closing ceremony, Dr. Kai CHENG, Vice-President of CDPF and Director of CRCDD, PKU and Gong CHEN, Vice-Director of CRCDD, PKU, summarized this forum. The convening of this conference coincides with the first anniversary of the adoption of United Nations the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. On the basis of consensus formed by the representatives, the Weiming Propositions was declared and the meeting reached a climax, which indicated the perfect ending of this forum and the Second National Sample Survey on Disability.

 

 

 

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