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Expert Group Meeting on
International Norms and Standards
relating to Disability

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CONCLUDING REMARKS: FUTURE ACTION

The Meeting urged:

  • Governments, non-governmental organizations, United Nations and its agencies, other international and intergovernmental organisations, as well as multilateral development agencies, and the academic community, to promote an active and visible policy of adopting international standards and norms applicable to persons with disabilities.
  • The international community to support strongly strengthening and expanding effective partnerships between Governments, the United Nations and its agencies and other international organizations, multilateral development agencies, civil society, (including the private sector) to ensure that such collaboration will accelerate the efforts of national and international organisations of persons with disabilities to undertake concerted action to promote the rights of persons with disabilities.
  • Regional fora on disability law and policy should be encouraged to develop concrete strategies for promoting the rights of persons with disabilities.
  • United Nations human rights bodies as well as treaty based human rights mechanisms to incorporate further the human rights of persons with disabilities as substantive concerns and part of their agenda. The Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child and The Committee on the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women are urged to further their work focussing on the rights of children and women with disabilities, respectively.
  • The Special Rapporteur on Disability of the Commission for Social Development to further co-ordinate his efforts with the work of the Commission for Human Rights, its Sub-Commissions and other relevant bodies.
  • Consideration be given to establishing a working group of the Commission on Human Rights to address specific violations in the area of the rights of persons with disabilities. The working group could include persons with disabilities as its members. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights could consider the possibility of holding meetings of the working group in places around the world in order to ensure accessibility to persons with disabilities from the maximum number of countries.
  • The rights of persons with disabilities could be considered under all human rights procedures, including thematic, 1235 (violations), and 1503 (confidential).

The Meeting recommended that, as part of the follow up, the Division for Social Policy and Development of the United Nations Secretariat:

(a) undertake the revision of the draft 'Compilation of International Norms and Standards relating to Disability' in the lights of comments made by participants in the Meeting, and consider the appointment of a consultant to finalize the document in consultation with interested groups;

(b) widely disseminate the document submitted by the Division for Social Policy and Development (i) "Compilation of International Norms and Standards relating to Disability";(ii) the report of this meeting as reference tools for promoting the use of international norms and standards in domestic legislation and advocacy;

(c) collect (i) disability legislation world-wide and (ii) best practices in application of international norms and standards to promote rights of persons with disabilities and develop a disability law library, making appropriate use of the electronic resources available, so this will be accessible to all;

(d) organize, subject to available resources, regional / interregional fora for substantive dialogue on disability law and policy between policy makers and experts (in legal and other fields), non-governmental organisations, academic institutes, and appropriate inter-governmental bodies, international institutions and agencies to develop strategies for practical action to promote the rights of persons with disabilities;

(e) examine the desirability of a new international instrument and the form and content of such an instrument; and solicit input and proposals for that meeting from interested parties;

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United Nations, 2003-04
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Division for Social Policy and Development