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Strengthening the ASEAN Community Towards a More Inclusive Region: the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025 has been Adopted!

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Created on Monday, 17 December 2018 Written by Admin

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted at the 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore on November 15, 2018. The securing of inclusive access and the reduction of barriers, with a focus on enabling persons with disabilities to effectively engage in the ASEAN community, have been pinpointed among ASEAN’s key priorities and challenges to achieving the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and its blueprints. The Enabling Masterplan 2025 will institutionalize rights-based approaches to disability access across all ASEAN development areas by guiding regional and national policy through specific policy outcomes and priority actions, thereby reaffirming the rights of persons with disabilities under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). There are 76 priority areas and key action points in the Enabling Masterplan 2025 spanning all three ASEAN Community Pillars: 24 key action points for the Political-Security Community Pillar, 25 under the Economic Pillar, and 27 key action points for the Socio-Cultural Pillar.

This exciting regional development marks the culmination of several years of engagement between the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and the General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA), which was established by IFES in 2011 and includes regional disabled people’s organizations and  election-focused civil society organizations in Southeast Asia.  Since 2015, AGENDA has organized interface meetings to provide DPOs the opportunity to meet with AICHR representatives and help shape the draft. As the Masterplan was finalized, AGENDA’s feedback workshops provided both DPOs and government officials a key space for sharing concerns on the contents and implementation of the plan. AICHR will officially launch the Enabling Masterplan 2025 at the International Day of Persons with Disabilities commemoration on December 3, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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