Report on Second Asia-Pacific CBR Congress Manila, the Philippines


The Second Asia-Pacific CBR Congress was successfully organized by the Government of the Philippines through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), and the Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR) Asia Pacific Network in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), CBM, Handicap International (HI), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Liliane Foundation, from 29 November to 1 December 2011 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Manila, the Philippines.

The Congress was attended by 628 delegates from 65 countries. The President of the Philippines, H.E. Benigno S. Aquino III delivered the keynote address in the opening ceremony.

With the theme “CBR: Building Communities for Everyone, Mainstreaming Disability in the Development Agenda”, the first day focused on promoting multi-sectoral partnerships for the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and other development initiatives. The second day centered on the sharing of good practices in CBR for inclusive development. The third day emphasized promoting the CBR Asia-Pacific Network and exploring possibilities of forming the CBR Global Network.


Executive Summary   4

Keynote Address   6

by His Excellency Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III,

President of the Philippines

Concurrent Sessions   8

Manila Recommendations   12

Programme   14

Participant Profile   18

Photos    20