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María Soledad Cisternas Reyes appointed as Special Envoy

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed María Soledad Cisternas Reyes of Chile as his Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed María Soledad Cisternas Reyes of Chile as his Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility.

There are more than 1 billion people with some form of disability, accounting for 15 per cent of the world population. In spite of remarkable advances towards accessible and disability-inclusive societies, an enormous gap remains between commitments made and the daily experiences of persons with disabilities. A concerted effort must therefore be made to ensure that people with disabilities are not left behind as promised in the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. As Special Envoy, Ms. Cisternas will help promote the rights of persons with disabilities, with a particular emphasis on accessibility for all.

Ms. Cisternas was most recently President of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the United Nations, recipient of the National Prize of Human Rights (2014) and Director of the Legal Programme on Disability, Faculty of Law, Diego Portales University. Her activities with the United Nations have been numerous: she was an expert before the Ad-hoc Committee that developed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), for which she is also the rapporteur for individual complaints. She is the director of several legal and interdisciplinary projects, as well as author of various publications and exhibitor at national and international conferences.

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Women’s voices at COSP10

Editorial spotlight: Amplifying the voices of women with disabilities

At the 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, taking place from 13-15 June, UN Women will amplify the voices of women with disabilities and highlight the importance of their representation in decision-making.

An estimated one in five women is likely to experience disability in her lifetime. Women and girls with disabilities face multiple barriers and discrimination that hinder their access to education, economic opportunities, justice and participation in politics and decision-making.

Read more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2017/6/compilation-amplifying-the-voices-of-women-with-disabilities

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Watch the LIVE WEBCAST of COSP10 at UN Headquarters

Watch the Live Webcast of the 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, 13-15 June at: http://webtv.un.org/

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Side-events and exhibits at COSP10

During the 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, States Parties, Observer States, UN agencies, civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with Disabilities, and other stakeholders will organize over 80 side-events and receptions from 12 to 15 June.

Side-events are open to all conference attendees.

For the first-time ever, a DESA/DSPD-sponsored exhibition by stakeholders will be convened at the COSP10:

 

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Fiji Ratifies CRPD on 07 June 2017, (total: 174)

crpdenablemapFiji ratified the Convention on 07 June 2017, bringing the total number of States Parties to the CRPD to 174.

Working towards universal ratification and implementation of the CRPD:

Ratifications/Accessions: 174
Signatories*: 160 Read more

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