The National Disability Council of Namibia (NDCN) launched its first Annual Monitoring Report as this will allow them to be able to report annually to the National Assembly.
The council was mainly established to monitor the mainstreaming of disability issues by government. Speaking at the launch of the report chairperson of NDCN Tobias Mwaunikange said, Namibia should report holistically and comprehensively on the status of people living with disabilities.
“Namibia has ratified the United Nations Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities(UNCRPD) and the Continental Plan of Action for the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities in 2007, therefore Namibia has to report holistically and comprehensively on the status of people with disabilities, which is all about what is happening in Namibia about the livelihoods of the people with disabilities in all spheres of live, such as political, economic, social and cultural,” Mwaunikange said.
He further said, it is in this regard that the Disability Annual Report will support and ensure that the Namibia complies with the UN requirements, this means that all entities in Namibia must comply with such instruments, therefore the private sector, local and regional authorities are duty-bound to comply and report to the council.
“All private institutions have to report to the NDCN on an annual basis equally like government how they mainstream issues of disability in their respective institutions” The first submission of the Disability Annual Monitoring Report (DAMR) by each institution to the NDCN is due by the end of April 2017.