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Eden is very honoured in collaboration with APDF to host The 4th International Conference on Accessible Tourism 2011 (ICAT2011). We invite esteemed professionals gathering in Taipei, Taiwan to share the achievements of active promotion on Accessible Tourism worldwide and to recommend accessible tourism around the world. By so doing, Eden provides a promising prospect and a general review of accessible tourism at Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 2003-2012. The ICAT2011 Organizing Committee Meeting was hosted in Taipei on 8 January 2011 for the full preparation of ICAT2011.

News from APDF

APDF General Assembly will be held in Incheon, Koresa on October 26, 2012.
This is the final General Assebmly during the Second Asia Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, and the activity of the new APDF will be discussed for the promotion of the ESCAP Decade on making the rights real for persons with disabilities from 2013-2022. Please see the details of 2012 APDF Conference from here. http://apdf2012.org/
If you would like to contact its secretariat,this is the e-mail address. 2012apdf@gmail.com.

The agenda item of the General Assembly is as follows.

APDF General Assembly
14:00-17:00, October 26, 2012
Sondo Conventia

Provisional Agenda items

  1. Welcome remarks by Mr. Kandaker Jafurul Alam Chair and representative(s) of the Korean Organizing committee
  2. Selection of the chair of the General meeting
  3. Report from the chair of APDF
  4. Report from the Secretary General
  5. Financial report from the Treasure
  6. Amendment of the Constitution
  1. Election of New APDF officers (election could be carried out before General Assembly.)
  2. Review of activities of 2nd AP Decade by APDF members
  3. Commitment and expectation towards the New Decade 2013-2022 Brainstorming for the activity plan of the new APDF
  4. Hand over ceremony from Japan to the new Secretariat and Secretary General
  5. Remarks form the new Chair
  6. Other matters

Any organization which wishes to be a member of APDF, please inform the secretariat. (eueno@dinf.ne.jp)

Eden Welfare Foundation, will host the 4th International Conference on Accessible Tourism (ICAT) 2011 from April 11 to 14 in Taipei.

This is part of the series of international conference which has been promoting the 2nd AP Decade.

APDF is supporting this event as the collaborating organization.

For more information, please see from here.

APDF organized its 4th General Assembly and Conference in Bangkok on October 17 and 18, 2010.

Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) kindly offered the venue and technical support for the organization of APDF meetings.

One of the agenda items at the General Assembly was election of officeers 2010 to 2012. Mr. Khandakar Jahurul Alam was elected as Chair for another term.

At the end of the Conference on October 18 the APDF Bangkok Statement 2010 was adopted. (URL)

This will be submitted to the UNESCAP Committee on Social Development from October 19-21, 2010.

APDF Bangkok Statement 2010 Final :
download:PDF(1.83MB) | download:WORD(34.5KB)

4th APDF General Assembly and Conference Report. download:PDF(11.8MB)

This is the announcement of the APDF General Assembly and Conference to be held on October 17 and 18, 2010 in Bangkok. APCD( Asia -Pacific Development Center on Disability) kindly offers the room in APCD for the meeting/conference and serve as the Conference secretariat.

The next meeting and Conference will be very important for discussig the plan of action until 2012, the end of the 2nd Asian Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons and thinking of the future framework of the regional cooperation in Asia and Pacific beyond 2012. We hope to see you all in October!

With best regards.

Ryosuke Matsui, Secretary General of APDF

Program : download:PDF(61KB) | download:WORD(39KB)
Registration form : download:PDF(34KB) | download:WORD(39KB)

Mr. Khandaker Jahurul Alam, Chair of APDF, who attended the GPDD(Global Partnership for Disability and Development) Membership Meeting in October was elected one of the 12 Board of Directors of GPDD 2009-2011.

Please see the report of the Membership Meeing 2009 from the following site.

E-mail meeting of APDF Executive Committee

APDF Executive Committee meeting was organized on June 1 and 2, 2009 by e-mail.

This is the first challenge for each Ex Co member. The main topic was what should be done towards the end of the second Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons and beyond 2012. Lots of positive proposals and comments were raised. The preparation of APDF 2010 and the final year APDF 2012 were also discussed.

The result will be discussed at the informal brain storming on activities beyond 2012 to be scheduled during the ESCAP Expert Group Meting from June 8-10 in Bangkok. Please see the details from here.
Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings

3rd APDF GA and Conference

The 3rd APDF General Assembly and Conference was successfully held from February 27 to 29, 2008 at the China Bangladesh Friendship Conference Center in Dhaka, Bangladesh by the wonderful operation and management of the National Forum of Organizing Working with the Disabled (NFOWD). The Number of participants are 450 in total which included 150 oversea participants from 26 countries. Out of them 114 were persons who have disabilities. The Opening Ceremony was attended by the Chief Adviser of Bangladesh which was broadcasted by the TV which must have greatly contributed to the awareness of disability issue of the country. The 7 page proceedings of the conference, CD of photos, CD of presentation including PPT materials was distributed to participants on the final day.

Our friend and great leader Mr. Topong Kulkhanchit passed away on June 7, 2007.

He was the Co Chairperson of APDF Research and Development Committee (2003-2006) and the Chairperson of APDF Accessibility and Transportation Working Committee (2006-2008). He also worked hard for the success of the second APDF Conference held in Bangkok in October, 2006.
We would like to present our deep condolence to his wife and family.

Here is a message from Ms. Judy Wee, the Chair of APDF.

Topong Kulkhanchit has touched many lives with his positive attitude and cheerful smile. All who knew him were stricken by the sudden sad news of his passing on 7th June 2007. His unexpected death had not only brought grief to this family but also many who had worked with him. This is a dreadful loss not only for Thailand, but also for the Asian and Pacific region as a whole.

Formation of APDF

At the Osaka Forum, the idea of forming a new regional NGO network on disability was welcomed by various sectors to strengthen regional initiatives and momentum to meet the rising expectations and demands of the New Millennium. The name of the new network was decided as "Asia and Pacific Disability Forum" (in short, APDF).

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