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24bis - International cooperation

Joint EU/Canada proposal

August 11, 2005

New paragraph (3) in Article 4 (General Obligations):

States Parties shall undertake all appropriate legislative, administrative, and other measures for the implementation of the present Convention. With regard to economic, social, and cultural rights, States Parties shall undertake such measures to the maximum extent of their available resources. In this regard, States Parties recognize that the promotion of international cooperation, such as the exchange of experience, best practice, technical assistance, and capacity building, in which there is an important role for persons with disabilities and their organizations, can contribute to the realization of the purposes of this Convention.


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- Draft proposal

1. States parties recognize that the international cooperation is a fundamental element contributing to the inclusion of People with disabilities and for the effective implementation of this treaty. In a spirit of solidarity, state parties undertake to:

(a) Promote and ensure dissemination of good practices, standards, and policies to enhance effective implementation of this treaty, including internationally recognized ICT and accessibility standards that allow the full enjoyment of all human rights by people with disabilities.

(b) Encourage the technical cooperation that could contribute to build capacities of the parties to design and implement policies

(c) Ensure that resources are dedicated to eradicate the extreme poverty that face people with disabilities, their exclusion and the difficulties they face to obtain access to services.

(d) Ensure that disability issues are fully integrated into all aspects in development policy, development programs, humanitarian and emergency aid in accordance with this treaty. All donors and recipients are obliged to ensure that all funds spent on generic and specific services, programs and infrastructure are inclusive of people with disabilities at all levels of decision making, implementation and use.

(e) Ensure that sufficient resources within existing and future development and other aid efforts are allocated towards helping people with disabilities and used towards the inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities, the empowerment of disability organizations and their enhancement.

- Information sheet

According to World Bank estimates, one in five of the world’s poorest people are persons with disabilities. However, mainstreaming disability has not been sufficiently considered within current international development frameworks. For example, the Millennium Development Goals fail to address disability issues.

Technical support and exchange of experience can support inclusive development. Nevertheless, only mainstreaming of disability issues within can effectively guarantee the inclusion of people with disabilities within international development.

The twin track approach: achieving mainstreaming of disability in international cooperation

There is a need to mainstream disability issues across all relevant programs and projects and to have specific programs that address people with disabilities. This means that disability concerns should be recognized in the main funding programs such as infrastructure or employment but also addressed through specific disability projects particularly capacity building and empowerment of people with disabilities and their representative organizations.

Ensuring equal opportunities of persons with disabilities as part of the development process

Both, donors and recipients are obliged to include the disability dimension in all phases of the development cycle in order to ensure full participation and equalization of opportunities of persons with disabilities:

1. No public money should be spent to create barriers for people with disabilities.

For example, new schools and public infrastructures that are built as part of the post-tsunami reconstruction efforts must be accessible.

2. More resources within existing aid efforts must be allocated for disabled people

For example, HIV/AIDS projects should have a component to always include people with disabilities.

International development frameworks cannot achieve their goals if they do not mainstream disability.




About International Cooperation

International Cooperation in the context of the Convention should encourage sharing of resources (human, physical, technical, financial and informational), and be carried out in bilateral, regional and international forums, involving specialized and financial institutions, to support the implementation of the Convention.





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