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 or Tel: +679 3220233


Forum Disability Ministers Meeting

The first ever Forum Disability Ministers Meeting (FDMM) was held in the Cook Islands from 21-23 October 2009.

At this meeting, Ministers endorsed the Pacific Regional Strategy on Disability, commiting their countries to working on several areas that would most effectively advance the rights of persons with disabilities in the region.

The Strategy identifies the following thematic areas for special attention:

  • Strengthening Political Leadership and an Enabling Environment;
  • Recognition and Protection of the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
  • Strengthening Partnerships: Coordination and Collaboration;
  • Disability Inclusive Development;
  • Enhancing the Central Role of Persons with Disabilities, and
  • Mobilisation of Resources.

The Strategy will be implemented over a five year period (2010 to 2015) by governments in collaboration with civil society, regional stakeholders and development partners.

Click here for FDMM 2009 Meeting Papers

Click here for FDMM 2012 Meeting Papers



Regional Documents on Disability
zoom out zoom in print this page