The Pacific Islands Forum supports the development of disability as a regional policy issue, to strengthen the capacity of governments and non-government organisations in Forum Island Countries (FICs) to integrate disability into development programmes, bearing in mind that it is a rights-based issue.
Participants at the Disability Planning Meeting held at the Forum Secretariat in Suva in 2013
For the first time, a Disability Coordination Officer was employed in 2006 at the Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji. The newly created role under the Policy Coordination and Advice unit aims to strengthen the poverty focus of national development and MDG reporting, the support and facilitation of sectoral policy coordination, promotion of inclusive development policies and strategies, and ensuring that disability issues are integrated into the work of all of the Secretariat's operations. The Officer also supplements in-country capacities through monitoring and reporting on extra-regional and intra-regional developments concerning disability through the provision of associated research.
The Forum Secretariat Disability Coordination Officer, Mr Laisiasa Merumeru by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: +679 3220233