Carcedo: "Functional capacity is a key challenge for the 21st century"

The acting Minister of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare, María Luisa Carcedo, has shown the commitment of the Government with the guarantee of the capacities of the people, in the IV International Week of this State Reference Center for Personal Autonomy and Technical Aids (CEAPAT).

"Functional capacity, as defined by WHO, is a key challenge for the 21st century," he stressed. "The administrations that work for functional capacity have a duty to realize these rights, whose full scope is still far away," he insisted.

"Children, adults and seniors demand the development of as much sensory, cognitive and physical capacity as possible, in line with the mandate of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the United Nations," he stressed.

In this sense, he has given as an example the work that is carried out in CEAPAT, which this year celebrates its thirtieth anniversary. It is one of the 23 State Reference Centers (CRE) dependent on Imserso, as Carcedo recalled, "with a vocation for public service". Specifically, CEAPAT, has highlighted, promotes "the autonomy of all people through accessible technology and the design and construction of spaces for all."

María Luisa Carcedo recalled that when CEAPAT was created in 1989, "the social protection system was in the first phase of construction". CEAPAT "has made life easier for people with their thousands of invaluable adaptations and has given many citizens the chance to appreciate experiences that otherwise would have been very difficult," he stressed.

Carcedo has also highlighted that among the interventions and round tables organized around the fourth international week of CEAPAT, a closing conference has been included for tomorrow entitled Sustainable Development Goals: the right-based approach and the capacity approach. "Our country is aligned with the commitments of global development and for all people, accessibility has to be sustainable, sustainability must be accessible," he insisted.

The Minister recalled how CEAPAT itself, a link between citizens and administration, companies and the third sector, universities and research organizations, fulfills the objective number 17 of the SDGs, 'Alliances to achieve the objectives'. "These are alliances with a common goal that is very simple to understand: improving the lives of all people," he concluded.

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