Skip to main content
- Smaller Text | + Larger Text

Unprecedented Conference on Rights of Persons with Disabilities at UN

Printer icon
  • Synopsis: Published: 2017-06-15 - Conference of the States Parties will also discuss the impact of multiple discrimination on persons with disabilities and promoting participation for achieving Sustainable Development Goals. For further information pertaining to this article contact: United Nations at un.org.

Main Document

"We want to ensure that persons with disabilities are heard, and most importantly, involved so that we have meaningful participation and full inclusion - Collin Allen, Chair of International Disability Alliance."

A major intergovernmental meeting got underway at the United Nations on June 13th bringing together a wide range of stakeholders to ensure the full implementation of a landmark treaty on the rights of persons with disabilities.

"The Convention, on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, or CRPD, is one of the most progressive human rights treaties, recognizing the role of the people it is trying to impact," Georgi Panayotov, the Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the UN and the President of the 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to CRPD, said at a press conference today at the UN Headquarters in New York.

"This is the beginning of the second decade of the CRPD, in the first decade it saw nearly universal ratification [and now] we will have to achieve universal ratification," added Theresia Degener, the Chair of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities -- a body of independent UN human rights experts who monitor the implementation of the Convention by its states parties -- calling on all stakeholders to protect the normative standard set by the Convention.

Participants at the Fifth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.
Participants at the Fifth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.
Upholding these normative standards and ensuring legal capacity, institutionalization, medical treatment, as well as laws and policies to ensure non-discrimination and full participation of all persons with disabilities are extremely important, she highlighted.

In the same vein, Collin Allen, the Chair of International Disability Alliance, expressed commitment on behalf of organizations of persons with disabilities to work with governments and States parties on the implementation of the Convention.

"We want to ensure that persons with disabilities are heard, and most importantly, involved so that we have meaningful participation and full inclusion," he said, assisted by sign-language interpreter.

"When we say -- nothing about us, without us -- it is very significant," he added, recalling the major achievements of the CRPD over the last decade and highlighting that persons with disabilities "as the experts" on the issue are critical to realizing the aspirations of the Convention.

Held under the theme of 'inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the implementation of the Convention,' the current session of the Conference of the States Parties will also discuss addressing the impact of multiple discrimination on persons with disabilities and promoting their participation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in line with CRPD.

It will also seek to ensure inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action, as well as promoting inclusive urban development and implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

Also speaking today, Catalina Devandas Aguilar, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities termed the Conference as an "unprecedented" one and hailed the efforts of its bureau to ensure that has full and direct participation of persons with disabilities.

However, she also expressed concern over the lack of accurate and complete data on persons with disabilities, calling for a clear recommendation on ensuring disaggregated data as well as methodology to collect it.

"Without baseline data, we will not be able to measure any impact of important tools [such as the SDGs and CRPD on] advancing the cause of persons with disabilities," said the Special Rapporteur.

Special Rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.



Related:

  1. Fundamental Rights Of Persons With Disability Statistics and Charts - Assessment and charts show statistics of world countries efforts to address the rights of persons with disabilities - UCLA WORLD Policy Analysis Center
  2. America and Ratification of the CRPD - Ratification of the CRPD is supported by hundreds of disability organizations, faith organization, civil rights groups, veterans groups, and major business groups - Disabled World
  3. CRPD List of Countries: Convention, Optional Protocol Signatures, Ratifications - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Information and list of ratified countries - United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Comments and Discussion





Newsletter

     What will I receive?

Money ChartLoan Information for low income singles, families, seniors and disabled. Includes home, vehicle and personal loans.


Albert EinsteinFamous People with Disabilities - Well known people with disabilities and conditions who contributed to society.


Pink awareness ribbonList of awareness ribbon colors and their meaning. Also see our calendar of awareness dates.


Chart IconBlood Pressure Chart - What should your blood pressure be. Also see information on blood group types and compatibility.


  1. Census Bureau Facts and Statistics Show Senior U.S. Population Is Still Growing
  2. Athletes Warned About Consuming Clenbuterol in Meat Products
  3. Mini-Strokes - Understanding and Knowing the Warning Signs
  4. Vision for Accessible Transportation in Canada




Citation