UN official hails China's progress in disibility inclusion

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Added On December 5, 2017

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities fell on Sunday this year.  

In honor of the day, the UN and China held a high-level conference on disability-inclusive development in Beijing that has just concluded over the weekend.  
 
Kaveh Zahedi, the Deputy Executive of UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific or ESCAP, acknowledged China's impressive progess in the disability-inclusive development over the past decades.
 
SOUNDBITE: KAVEH ZAHEDI, Deputy Executive Secretary of UN ESCAP 
"Obviously, overall it's in the context of China having brought millions of people out of poverty. So poverty rate has plumped in the past three decades. Along with that rates of persons with disabilities have also fallen. We've seen very clearly targeted actions in China for inclusion of person with disabilities in the education system and that's bringing results already. We know that something like 90% of those who are disabled visually impaired, have mental challenges are actually in the education system in China. This is a phenomenal achievement.So I think China has shown really leadership in tackling this problem."
 
According to Kaveh Zahedi, Asia and the Pacific is home to 690 million persons with disabilities, one in every six persons. 
 
SOUNDBITE: KAVEH ZAHEDI, Deputy Executive Secretary of UN ESCAP 
"We found that many countries, over this three decades with the adoption of Incheon Strategy have really stepped up the policies and actions to better serve and better include people with disabilities in development. (DELETE)But we've also found there are some significant barriers for including persons with disabilities in society in development."
 
This year,the theme on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all".
 
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992.