Phuket Declaration on Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities - May 2009

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We, participants of the Second International Conference on Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities, assembled on the twelfth and thirteenth of May 2009, at Millennium Patong Beach Resort Hotel, Phuket, Thailand:

1.    Recognize the needs for ongoing efforts to achieve disability-inclusive disaster preparedness by all means including through knowledge-based solutions, combining the strength of standard-based accessible ICTs and traditional/local knowledge and through full and effective participation of persons with diverse types of disabilities;

2.    Reaffirm the spirit of the Phuket Declaration on Tsunami Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities, especially with regard to [serious; meaningful; full] implementation of the Biwako Millennium Framework (BMF), World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), Tampere Convention and other relevant instruments;

3.    Strongly committed to foster networking and partnership environment among disability sector, ICT sector, disaster preparedness/management sector and international development sector while reaching out for greater collaboration with other sectors, including policy makers, local governments and local communities, researchers and other relevant interested parties to turn the spirit, principles and demands for disability-inclusive disaster preparedness into reality
 
4.    Resolve among us to form a collaborative network under the flagship of Phuket Initiative toward Disability-inclusive Disaster Preparedness, and

5.    Hereby we agreed to establish a working group to formulate a strategy and implementation plan of the declaration.

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