President George Vella said that a truly inclusive society protects the rights of every person in order to challenge the way we look at disabilities and enable everyone to develop their abilities. At the launch of a publication commemorating the fiftieth anniversary since the establishment of the Malta Federation of Organisations Persons with Disability (MFOPD), the President said that the ultimate objective of all those active in this field is for people with disabilities to live independent lives and to have the right to choose how to lead their lives. He stressed that not every disability leads to dependence.
The President said that in a world that is constantly evolving, one can never say that we have achieved the ideal scenario as there is always something to be done or improvements to be made. Regarding the implementation of the National Strategy on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the President expressed the view that in the next eight years this strategy will help people with different abilities to feel that they are truly part of society. He added that this requires great synergy between the work of the Government and that of the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability and the Malta Federation of Organisations Persons with Disability. The President said that this will help us, as a country, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which are an essential part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The President recognised the efforts made by the Malta Federation of Organisations Persons with Disability for all persons of different abilities to enjoy dignity, respect, and all the rights they are entitled to.
The Malta Federation of Organisations Persons with Disability is made up of 34 organisations, and is a member of several international organisations, including at European and Commonwealth level, working in the field of disability.