Launch of the “Conquer Barriers, Empower Inclusion” Initiative for Persons with DisabilityOct 24, 2016
The “Conquer Barriers, Empower Inclusion” initiative for wheelchair users was launched on October 24th as part of an event celebrating the UN’s 71st anniversary at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel in Manama in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Jameel bin Muhammad Ali Humaidan, Minister of Labour and Social Development and His Excellency Mr. Amin El Sharkawi, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. Under the theme of “71 17: 71 years for 17 goals”, this year’s UN Day highlighted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are a set of universal goals that will shape policies until 2030.
The aim of the initiative carried out by the United Nations Development Programme in Bahrain is to encourage the ideal use of adaptive wheelchairs and provide the necessary financial support. Through this initiative, the provision of several adaptive wheelchairs will be carried out and a training programme for persons with disability and their families to teach them the skills needed to use these adaptive wheelchairs. In addition, the initiative will also include raising awareness about the need for independent mobility, health and psychological benefits to the wheelchair users in cooperation with Bahrain National Committee for Persons with Disability.
HE Mr. Humaidan congratulated the United Nations Development Programme on the occasion of United Nations Day, and praised the office for the launch of the wheelchair initiative and the its cooperation with all partners and stakeholders to serve the important issues in the community. He added that this initiative aims to serve people with physical disabilities, and is a new addition to the services provided by the Kingdom. He stressed that the government of Bahrain gives special attention to all people with disabilities and their families, to enable them to exercise their lives normally.
HE Mr. Amin El Sharkawi, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative stated that this initiative is in alignment with the sustainable development goals that generally focus on the concept that no one is left behind in the development process. He acknowledged and praised the various social partners who support this initiative by collaborating with the UNDP Office, namely the Ministry of Labour and Social Development, the High Committee for Disabled Affairs, the Bahrain National Institute for the Disabled, Bahrain Mobility International, and the Bahraini Association for the Parents and Friends of the Disabled, in addition to a number of private sector organizations.
Among the attendees were HE Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for International Affairs, and Sheikh Daij bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Deputy Head of the National High Committee for Persons with Disability, and a number of ambassadors accredited to the Kingdom of Bahrain.