Representatives from 26 Arab and European countries discuss the rights of persons with disabilities
The rights of persons with disabilities and the initiatives that can be taken at a national and international level were discussed in a dialogue between representatives of Arab and European countries. From the discussions it emerged that obstacles still exist for people with disabilities to reach their potential.
Representatives from 26 Arab and European countries met in Malta to discuss the rights of disabled people and initiatives that can be taken at local, national and international level.
Rola Dasht, United Nations Executive Secretary described Malta as a bridge between Europe and the Arab world, even in this area. She said that people with disabilities were the most marginalized people in the world and required special attention.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that Malta was once again at the behest of the international community, finding solutions, even for the challenges faced by people with disabilities.
Dr Muscat said that at local level the previous administration had worked for the inclusion of people with disabilities in education and this administration is committed to seeing people with disabilities enter the working world. He said that the government was investing in community residences for people with disabilities to increase integration.
Opposition Leader Adrian Delia urged society to understand the needs of people with disabilities. He stressed that society and legislators were duti-bound to create structures, educational systems and infrastructures intended for everyone. He called on the representatives to recognise and appreciate the ability and potential of every person.
Parliamentary Secretary Anthony Agius Decelis said that fruits of these discussions was not in speeches but in the action that was taken to ensure that handicapped people and their relatives have a better quality of life