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Local wins international award

November 17, 2012 12:00 am

Chief Executive of the Pacific Disability Forum Setareki Macanawai, has been named the winner of the Asia-Pacific Disability Rights Champions Award.

The award was presented at a high-level intergovernmental meeting in South Korea – hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

Winners were selected by an international jury for the far-reaching impact of their work, the wide support they have mobilized and their capacity to serve as role models.

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A total of 10 winners from the Asia-Pacific region were selected for the awards.

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, Kim Hwang-sik who presented the award to Macanawai called on the international community to strengthen cooperation to promote human rights of persons with disabilities and build a disability-inclusive society.

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr also commended Macanawai for his achievement.

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