Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Asia-Pacific disability conference in Cambodia planned for March

Asia-Pacific disability conference in Cambodia planned for March

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A mother pushes wheelchair of her son and daughter who have disabilities in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in February 2022. Hong Menea

Asia-Pacific disability conference in Cambodia planned for March

The Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation will host the 5th Asia-Pacific Community Based Inclusive Development Congress in March. The previous congress was held in Mongolia.

The conference, which aims to promote the rights of persons with disabilities, will be held in Phnom Penh from March 15-17. The theme of the 5th congress is “Strengthening the Socio-Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities during and after the Covid-19 pandemic through Community-Based Inclusive Development”.

Director-general for Technical Affairs Touch Channy said the congress would be an opportunity to work together to help people with disabilities, including fighting discrimination, while promoting their rights.

“Attendance at this conference will demonstrate the commitment of many nations to helping persons with disabilities to solve the challenges they face. It is very important for each country, not just Cambodia, to make strategic decisions to help the disabled,” he said.

“Our main goal is to work together. We want to help the public understand the rights of the disabled and we want to assist persons living with disabilities to find fulfilling professions so they can support themselves,” he added.

Channy said the upcoming congress is expected to bring together representatives from more than 40 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, with officials from state institutions and civil society organisations cooperating to seek solutions, mechanisms and interventions that could assist this vulnerable sector of society.


  • Cambodia maintains 'Kun Khmer' stance despite Thailand’s boycott threat

    Cambodia has taken the position that it will use the term "Kun Khmer" to refer to the sport of kickboxing at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and has removed the term Muay from all references to the sport. Despite strong reactions from the Thai

  • Chinese group tours return to Cambodia starting Feb 6

    Cambodia is among 20 countries selected by Beijing for a pilot programme allowing travel agencies to provide international group tours as well as flight and hotel packages to Chinese citizens, following a three-year ban. As the days tick down until the programme kicks off on February 6,

  • Capital-Poipet express rail project making headway

    The preliminary results of a feasibility study to upgrade the Phnom Penh-Poipet railway into Cambodia’s first express railway indicate that the project would cost more than $4 billion and would take around four years to complete. The study was carried out by China Road and

  • Thai boxers to join SEA Games’ Kun Khmer event

    The Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) – together with the Kun Khmer International Federation (KKIF) and Khmer Boxing Federation – have achieved a “great success” by including Kun Khmer in the upcoming biennial multi-sports event on its home soil for the first time, said a senior

  • Bullets to bracelets: Siem Reap man makes waste from war wearable

    Jewellery is often made from valuable gemstones like emeralds or diamonds and precious metals like gold or silver, or valueless things like animal horns. But a man in Siem Reap has approached the manufacture of delicate pieces from a different angle. His unique form of

  • 61% of 2022 imports came from just 3 markets

    The three largest exporters to Cambodia – mainland China, Vietnam and Thailand – accounted for 60.94 per cent of the Kingdom’s total merchandise imports last year, at $18.245 billion, which was up 11.99 per cent over 2021, according to the General Department of Customs and Excise. Cambodia’s total imports