Persons with disabilities can play vital role in AsiaPacific economy – UN

20 August 2010A United Nations meeting which wrapped up in Bangkok today has encouraged businesses to embrace the rights and concerns of persons with disabilities, highlighting the untapped consumer power represented by an estimated 400 million people in the Asia-Pacific region. Over 60 participants at the two-day regional meeting on South-to-South Cooperation on Disability, including Government officials and representatives of businesses and disabled persons’ organizations, explored ways in which business development plans and employment practices could become more inclusive. The meeting, held at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in the Thai capital, adopted a statement urging leadership development of persons with disabilities and the promotion of socially inclusive business development as priorities for the next regional decade on disability.The Second Asia-Pacific Decade for Disabled Persons will conclude in 2012, and the Bangkok meeting recommended that governments in the region proclaim a new regional decade on disability starting from 2013.“Many of the 400 million or so persons with disabilities in the region live in rural and isolated areas in conditions of abject poverty, encountering deep and persistent barriers,” noted Nanda Krairiksh, Director of the Social Development Division of ESCAP. “Viewing them as contributors to our region’s economic dynamism, as entrepreneurs, employees or an emerging market segment enhances everyone’s prospects for prosperity,” she said.The meeting, organized by ESCAP and the Asia-Pacific Development Centre on Disability (APCD), in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), also reviewed the implementation of the Biwako Millennium Framework for Action – a regional plan for a barrier-free and rights-based society for persons with disabilities. read more

More UN personnel arrive in Baghdad ahead of resumption of arms inspections

With the addition of the new arrivals yesterday, the advance team of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) now totals over 30, Hiro Ueki said in Baghdad.The team is “hard at work” to get the Baghdad operations centre for weapons inspections up and running in time for the resumption of inspections on 27 November, he said.The advance team includes administrative staff, computer and communications experts, medics and security personnel. The first team of inspectors from UNMOVIC and the IAEA is scheduled to arrive in Baghdad on Monday.Meanwhile in the Netherlands, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was asked whether there was a proper chance for diplomacy to work in Iraq. “From the accounts that I have received, it did go well,” he said, referring to the meetings of the chief UN weapons inspectors in Baghdad this week with senior Iraqi officials.The important point, Mr. Annan added, was that if Iraq complies with UN resolutions and the inspectors are able to complete their work, “then I think the arguments for military action will be considerably diminished.”Asked about a request by the United States to some 60 countries to commit troops in the event that Iraq does not comply, the Secretary-General responded, “It’s not up to me to advise the United States on how to prepare for certain eventualities.” He added that for now, the focus was on effective inspections. read more

Man nabbed with 11kg cocaine at Stabroek Market Square

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPromoter sentenced to 2 years for cocaine traffickingJuly 9, 2019In “Court”2016 cocaine in plywood bust: Duo charged with attempting to bribe CANU officerJanuary 9, 2018In “Court”3 men remanded on cocaine, illegal gun possession chargesOctober 5, 2018In “Court” Wyette AmsterdamAn East Bank Demerara resident was on Wednesday evening nabbed with over one kilograms of cocaine in the vicinity of Stabroek Market Square by agents of the Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).The drug enforcement unit confirmed that Wyette Amsterdam of Land of Canaan Public Road, East Bank Demerara and another man who were under surveillance by CANU Ranks were intercepted at Stabroek Market Square.A search was conducted on the haversack that Amsterdam was carrying during which 1.160 kilograms of cocaine and $600,000 in cash were unearthed.  No illegal substance was reportedly found in possession of the other male.the cocaine found in the haversack during the searchHowever, Amsterdam was charged and placed before the court earlier today. He was arraigned with the possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking to which he pleaded not guilty.As such, he was remanded to prison and will make his next court appearance on November 1, 2018 for disclosure of statements. read more