Pradeep Bagival

Thank you Ruby for mentioning the role of the OPDs which is central to any advocacy on disability inclusion. It is interesting to note that there are many factors that influence the participation and leadership of the OPDs. Developing countries that have better compliance to the rule of law provide more space for OPDs to voice their concerns and engage them in policy development. You have rightly emphasized the role of women -led CSOs and their role in disability inclusive development. Referring to your point on regional and international coordination and sharing of good practices, regional frameworks, development partners such as the UN should proactively support national governments and advocate for effective implementation of regional strategies. I wish to quote the Incheon Strategy for the Asia -Pacific region ( 2013-22)  and the mid point review report of UNESCAP states that While 43 countries in the region are States parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, only 12 governments have enacted anti-discrimination legislation.