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Important conference on Convention held at UN

Posted 10/9-09 at 02.34

The Second Conference of State Parties on the CRPD took place at UN Headquarters between the 2nd and 4th of September. Government representatives, disability organisations and DPOs met to consider a number of substantive issues around the implementation of the Convention.

One of the principal themes discussed was the role of national legislation in allowing genuine implementation of the Convention. There were two roundtable discussions, one on accessibility and reasonable accommodation and the other on equal recognition before the law.

There was also an update on how the Convention was being implemented and difficulties that were being encountered and an informal meeting took place on the impact on disabled people of the global economic crisis.

There were a number of interesting side events, including sessions on disability the Millennium Development Goals, universal design of the built environment, the needs of children and young people in implementing the Convention and monitoring the rights of disabled people.

Among many interesting presentations, on the last day of the conference, Craig Mokhiber, Deputy Director of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that his organisation was developing tools to give states guidance on how to implement the Convention. He mentioned a study that the OHCHR had already done, "A Thematic Study ... on enhancing awareness and understanding of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities."This was offered as a background document for those attending the conference and can be found at:

http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1479

MR. Mokhiber also said that the OHCHR was working to integrate the Convention into other treaty bodies, as well as supporting national compliance reviews and assisting with legal reform in countries throughout the world.

Daily summaries of the conference proceedings, produced by DPI, can be found at: http://v1.dpi.org/lang-en/resources/newsletters

Full details of the meeting, including copies of presentations given are available at: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1479

Another useful account can be found at: http://7thspace.com/headlines/319069/united_nations_system_officials_spell_out_strategies_for_implementing_disability_convention_as_conference_of_states_parties_concludes.html

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