On 13 April 2005 the Ad
Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention
on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons
with Disabilities held an organizational meeting to elect new Bureau
members in accordance with its recommendation contained in the report
on its fifth session (A/AC.265/2005/2).
Ambassador Don MacKay of New Zealand, Coordinator of the Ad Hoc
Committee, was elected Chair of the Committee, succeeding Ambassador
Luis Gallegos Chiriboga, who was appointed Ambassador of Ecuador
to Australia earlier this year. The Committee also elected as its
Vice-Chairs Mr. Jorge Ballestero from Costa Rica, Ms. Ivana Grollova
of the Czech Republic and Mr. Mu’taz Hyassat of Jordan. Consultations
are still ongoing within the African Group for the African Vice-Chair.