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.