Minister of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen reiterated Vietnam’s commitment at a regional conference in Hanoi on August 27 reviewing the ASEAN project “Improving the Quality of Life of People with Disabilities.”
She said at present Vietnam has 6.7 million citizens with disabilities, accounting for nearly 8% of its total population and the figure continues to rise.
The country has carried out a range of recent activities at national and regional levels aimed at expanding disabled people’s involvement in all facets of society and fulfilling the Millennium Development Goal obligations regarding rights for disabled people.
It is currently implementing the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for persons with disabilities, the 2013–2022 Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, and the ASEAN declaration on the enhancement of the role and participation of disabled people in ASEAN community.
However, Vietnam’s disability advocacy suffers from the limited resources allocated to social welfare projects still expected to serve millions of constituents.
Minister Chuyen hoped to receive more assistance for the disabled and affirmed that Vietnam will soon adopt the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as soon as possible.
The conference was organised by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) and the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).