Response submitted by the ECLAC to the Second Session
Dear Mr. Schölvinck:
Let me refer to your kind communication dated 7 February 2003, addressed to Mr. Jose Antonio Ocampo, ECLAC's Executive Secretary, which has been forwarded to me for answer.
I must first inform you that the ECLAC's Human Rights Unit, incorporated to its Social Development Division, has been established one year ago , as an effort to deepen the human rights approach to development, with an emphasis on the elaboration of poverty reduction strategies and the focus on vulnerable groups.
Therefore, we thank you very much, for the possibility of getting further acquainted with the work for the preparation of a future convention on protection and promotion of the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.
Although we are not presently working on this area, it is undoubtedly a key instrument for the building-up of equitable and inclusive societies, and we shall be glad to cooperate with these initiatives if you consider we can make a more specific contribution in the future.
Considering the requested inputs to the outline attached to your letter, and insisting on the recent nature of our approach to this subject, I would greatly recommend that, under the proposals for a possible convention, consideration is given to the following aspects:
These ideas are very rough and preliminary and I shall be glad to further discuss and complete them through mutual feed-back.
I would also be glad to exchange ideas about possible regional activities on the issue.
Very sincerely yours,