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NGO Participation

Decision on the modalities of the participation of accredited non-governmental organizations in the Ad Hoc Committee to consider proposals for a comprehensive and integral international convention to promote and protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.

Presented by Mexico and Denmark (on behalf of the European Union)

The Ad Hoc Committee decides:

  1. That representatives from non-governmental organizations accredited to the Ad Hoc Committee may participate in the work of the Ad Hoc Committee by:
    1. Attending any public meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee;
    2. Making statements, given the availability of time, in accordance with current UN practice;
    3. When time is limited, selecting among themselves spokespersons, on a balanced and transparent basis, taking into account equitable geographic representation and diversity of NGOs.
    4. Receiving copies of the official documents as well as making written or other presentations. Written presentations shall not be issued as official documents except in accordance with ECOSOC Resolution 1996/31. Furthermore, non-governmental organizations may make their material available to delegations in accessible areas designated by the Secretariat.
  2. That the above modalities shall in no way create a precedent for other ad hoc committees of the General Assembly.

2 August 2002

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