Bangkok Commitment to the Promotion of Community-based
Rehabilitation (CBR) in Asia and the Pacific

We, representatives of Governments, nongovernmental organizations including organizations of persons with disabilities, regional and international organizations and bi-lateral and multi-lateral development agencies, met in Bangkok, Thailand, from 18 to 20 February 2009, at the First Asia-Pacific Community-based Rehabilitation Congress, organized by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Government of Thailand, the Foundation of the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability(APCD), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in partnership with 24 supporting organizations adopted the following commitment:

Recognizing the importance and complementarities of the global and regional instruments, in particular, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD), the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Biwako Millennium Framework for Action towards an Inclusive, Barrier-free and Rights-based Society for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (BMF) and the Biwako Plus Five, and the key role of CBR in their implementation;

Acknowledging CBR, as defined in the ILO-UNESCO-WHO joint position paper on CBR (2004) and related CBR matrix and guidelines, as an evolving multisectoral strategy (health, education, livelihood, etc) for rehabilitation, equal opportunities, poverty reduction, social inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities;

Reaffirming the importance of involving persons with disabilities, irrespective of gender, age, ethnicity, impairment and socio-economic status, and their representative organizations in all dimensions of CBR and development;

Recognizing that planning, implementation and monitoring of CBR should take into account the local, social, economic, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity, as well as the global financial and development concerns;

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