The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRDP) lies at the heart of an international workshop in Nha Trang city of the central province of Khanh Hoa.

The event was organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of activities to respond to International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3), and mark Human Rights Day (December 10).

The convention supports the view that people with disabilities are full and equal members of society with human rights, stressed Director General of the Foreign Ministry’s Department of International Organisations Hoang Chi Trung.

Participants joined an in-depth discussion on a variety of issues related to the CRDP, as well as shared experience in enhancing cooperation between the Government and associations of people with disabilities to increase public awareness of disabled people’s human rights.

The December 10 workshop also created a good chance for local and overseas experts to promote their mutual understanding and improve coordination in the field.

Vietnam is home to around 6.7 million people with disabilities, accounting for eight percent of the nation’s population.

As the 118 th CRDP member, Vietnam has worked out many concrete measures to protect, promote and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by people with disabilities, encouraging them to integrate into the mainstream and make more contributions to society.-VNA