• The closing date for N-Peace Awards 2013 nominations is extended to 24 April! Apr 22, 2013

    The closing date for N-Peace Awards 2013 nominations is extended to 24 April! Have you nominated your peace hero? Support the search for women leaders and peace advocates from Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Indonesia and the Philippines

  • UNDP chief launches 2013 Human Development Report Mar 14, 2013

    UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark today launched UNDP’s 2013 Human Development Report, which charts the unprecedented rise of developing countries to create a new “global middle class.”

  • An unlikely source of peace from the deep waters of Indonesia Feb 7, 2013

    Against an idyllic backdrop of crystal clear waters, a group of fishermen gather on a recent morning to collect seaweed in Halmahera Island, once the scene of severe sectarian violence.

  • Indonesian Democracy Index (IDI) 2010 Dec 12, 2012

    Jakarta, 12 December 2012 – The much-anticipated Indonesian Democracy Index (IDI) 2010 has finally been launched in Jakarta, with the presence of Home Affairs Minister and the Head of Central Statistics Agency.

  • Congratulations to the winners of UNDP/BAPPENAS Journalism Award – Access to Justice Dec 10, 2012

    Jakarta, 10 December 2012 , To mark ‘International Human Rights Day’ and to raise awareness about access to justice issues, the National Planning and Development Agency (BAPPENAS) and UNDP, through its ‘Strengthening Access to Justice in Indonesia’ (SAJI) project, will host the ‘Access to Justice Journalism Award (2012)’. The central theme of this year’s award is, ‘Fulfilling, Protecting and Honouring the Basic Rights of the Poor - Justice for All’.

  • Journalists head to Ternate to see access of justice Oct 16, 2012

    UNDP recently travelled with Tempo English and Jakarta Post to meet beneficiaries of UNDP’s Legal Access fo Disadvantages (LEAD) Project in Ternate. During the trip, the journalists met victims of violence and local housewifes who act as paralegals. The housewives were trained by a local NGO which has been UNDP’s working partner since 2008.

  • The Social Good Summit 2012 Oct 2, 2012

    UNDP Indonesia recently hosted the Social Good Summit, part of UNDP-led global gathering of social media enthusiasts, to discuss how social media can help solving development problems. Attended by some of Indonesia’s most influential bloggers, the gathering looked at how social media could raise public awareness on climate change issues.

  • ‘Leave no one behind,’ UNDP aims to champion the rights of visually impaired people in Indonesia

    Indonesia has the second highest rate of people with blindness in the world. This and other eye-opening facts were discussed during a recent UNDP workshop in Jakarta which aims to champion the rights of people who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled. Most importantly the workshop discussed ways to implement an international treaty called the Marrakesh Treaty, which went into force internationally last year. The Treaty is designed to improve access to knowledge among people with some form of visual impairment. Indonesia was one of the first countries that signed the Marrakesh Treaty in 2013. The South-East Asia country now needs to ratify the Treaty for the benefit of its millions visually impaired people. “UNDP works with partners to support communities of persons with disabilities around the world. We are here today, to better understand how UNDP and UN agencies can support the Government of Indonesia to ratify and implement the Marrakesh Treaty, that can improve the livelihoods of persons with disabilities in Indonesia,” said Francine Pickup, Deputy Country Director of UNDP Indonesia, in her opening remarks. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 UN Agenda requires the UN to address the rights of people with disabilities, she added. Print disability can be caused by visual disabilities such as blindness and low vision; developmental/learning disabilities such as dyslexia and autism; or physical disabilities such as Parkinson’s disease and paralysis. People with print disabilities cannot effectively obtain information from print materials in the conventional ways (e.g. not being able to see/read the text, hold a book or turn pages). They require accessible formats such as braille, audio, large prints, and electronic books. Kazuyuki Uji, Policy Specialist from UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub said lack of equitable, timely and affordable access to published works in accessible formats prevents millions of persons with print disabilities from harnessing crucial human development opportunities, thus confining them to poverty, exclusion and isolation. According to the World Blind Union, less than 1 percent and 7 percent of published books in developing and developed countries, respectively, are made into formats accessible for persons with print disabilities. This situation, sometimes referred to as a ‘book famine,’ can exclude persons with print disabilities from education, employment, health care, culture and participation in just about any aspect of political, economic and social lives. Indonesia has a large population of blind people. According to the Bureau Statistics Agency, around 8.5% of the country’s 240 million people live with disabilities. This may include 3.5 million blind people, making Indonesia the country with the second highest rate of blindness in the world.. Erni Widhyastari, Director of Copyright and Industrial Design, Ministry of Law and Human Rights said the government has been making efforts to align legal and policy frameworks with the Marrakesh Treaty. This is a a crucial step before ratifying the Treaty, she added. President of the Indonesian Blind Union (Pertuni), Aria Indrawati called on all parties including the government, the printing industry and the UN to step up its joint- efforts to improving access of books for the blind and visually impaired people. Ratifying the treaty will make it compulsory for the government to provide print materials for the visually impaired population, she added. Speaking about her struggles growing up as a visually-impaired person, Aria said a large proportion of blind people in Indonesia are not able to receive sufficient education due to lack of books and other printed works in accessible formats. “Access to knowledge is a fundamental human right. There will be no development without accessible books,” she said.

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