Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities

On world Day, Ban spotlights how technology can improve life for 1 billion persons with disabilities

3 December  2014 - More than one billion people – or approximately 15 per cent of the world's population – live with some form of disability and have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities, the United Nations highlighted today on its International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

UN rights experts call on US to commute death sentence of mentally ill prisoner

2 December  2014 - Two United Nations human rights experts today urged the United States Government and the authorities in Texas to halt the execution of Scott Panetti, a prisoner with proven psychosocial disabilities, due to be carried out on 3 December.

Improving system for person with disabilities good for all says US advocate on tour of UN accessibility centre

21 November  2014 - On a tour of the United Nations Accessibility Centre for the audio, visual, and physically impaired today, United States Senator Tom Harkin said that “when you make a system better for a person with a disability it makes it better for people without disabilities.”

Ahead of World Day, UN hails landmark global polio eradication campaign

23 October  2014 - Every day, a thousand or so children are being protected from disability as part of a 26-year global effort to eradicate polio through a worldwide campaign that has immunized millions of previously-unreached children across the globe, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on the eve of World Polio Day.

UN rights office hails ratification of disability convention by 150 States as ‘major milestone’

15 September  2014 - Guyana became the latest country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is widely regarded as the first international human rights treaty of the twenty-first century and one of the fastest to be ratified.

Somalia: UN agencies call for immediate action to curb measles outbreaks

10 June  2014 - Voicing deep concern that outbreaks of measles have left thousands of children in Somalia at risk of disability or death, United Nations agencies today called for urgent vaccination to tackle the highly contagious disease.

Annual UN review focuses on youth with disabilities, advancing inclusive development

10 June  2014 - Hundreds of activists and Government delegates gathered at United Nations Headquarters today to identify practical ways to take the rights, needs and concerns of persons with disabilities, particularly youth, into consideration as they strive to advance inclusive, sustainable development.

UN rights office welcomes new US Supreme Court death penalty ruling

30 May  2014 - Citing a new ruling issued by the United States Supreme Court, the United Nations human rights office today touted this latest development as a watershed moment in the country’s rulings regarding the use of the death penalty against people with mental and intellectual disabilities.

Road injuries, depression top adolescent health challenges - UN agency

14 May  2014 - Road traffic injuries, HIV/AIDS and suicide are the top killers of adolescents globally, while depression is the predominant cause of illness and disability, the United Nations reported today, urging a stronger focus on the health of boys and girls in their pre- and teen years.

Respect right of persons with disabilities to make their own choices, urges UN panel

22 April  2014 - People with disabilities have the same rights as everyone to make decisions about their lives, including the right to take risks and make mistakes, a United Nations committee has stressed in new guidelines.