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Secretary General’s Message on the IDPD2017

Opening of the IDPD 2017

The Secretary-General issued his message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on 3 December 2017, recognizing the international community’s achievement in advancing the rights of persons with disabilities, and calling for actions to remove physical and cultural barriers, to build resilient societies and to create opportunities that truly leave no one behind.

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New GA Resolution on Situation of Women and Girls with Disabilities and the Implementation of CRPD

The opening of the 72nd session of the UN General AssemblyThe Third Committee of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly adopted the draft resolution A/C.3/72/L.18/Rev.1, with oral amendments from the co-facilitators(PP9 and OP14(a)) and African Group (OP18), with a unanimous recorded vote of 176 in favour, at its 53rd meeting on 21 November 2017.

The draft resolution A/C.3/72/L.18/Rev.1 entitled “Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol thereto: situation of women and girls with disabilities” recalls the GA resolution A/70/145 of 2015, and shifts the strictly procedural resolution to a substantive one focusing on specific themes. In line with the report of the Secretary-General on the situation of women and girls with disabilities and the status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol thereto (A/72/227), the resolution recognizes that women and girls with disabilities are faced with multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination which poses barriers in all aspects of life, and therefore focuses on a number of key issues critical to realizing their rights on the equal basis with others, namely (1) multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination; (2) education and employment; (3)access to health services, including sexual and reproductive health; (4) access to justice and equal recognition before the law; and (5) participation in public and political life.

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DESA capacity building workshops on disability

DESA capacity building workshop on disability in Dushanbe, TajikstanThe Division for Social Policy and Development of the United Nation Department of Economic and Social Affairs organized two regional workshops on capacity building for ratification and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The workshop held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 7 to 9 November 2017 offered training on the CRPD by using Disability Toolkit for Africa. The participants including government officials and representatives of Disabled People’s Organizations from Eastern African sub-regional countries discussed best practices and lessons learned in promoting inclusive development policies and developing programmes for persons with disabilities for the implementation of the CRPD.

The other workshop was held in Dushanbe, Tajikstan from 13 to 17 November 2017 in close collaboration with the Government of Tajikstan, UN country team, and other partners including disability organisations from the Central Asian region. The participants from the region discussed national experiences in signing and ratifying the CRPD, as well as effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Convention.

 

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), 3 December 2017

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3 DecemberThe annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3 in 1992. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of on the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

Building on many decades of UN’s work in the field of disability,  the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted in 2006, has further advanced the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international development frameworks, such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, the New Urban Agenda, and  the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.

The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”. Read more

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Passing of Ms Maria Veronica Reina

Ms. Maria Veronica Ms. Maria Veronica Reina, a globally known disability rights leader passed away on 27 October in her hometown Rosario, Argentina. She was 54.

She was the global leader and represented the International Disability Consortium, the coalition of disability organizations, during the negotiation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2001-2006). In her words, her leadership was about “Serving the disability community, starting with small tasks that others may not wish to do” .

She brought together disability organizations worldwide and led the international community to advance the rights of persons with disabilities throughout the negotiation.  Her work continued with the implementation of the goal of the Convention- realization of universal human rights by, for and with persons with disabilities for an inclusive, accessible and sustainable world. Read more

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