Over 55 delegates attended from countries including Austria, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Indonesia, the Ivory Coast, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg , Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, the Philippines, Senegal, Swaziland, and the United States. Delegates met with WYA staff and interns to discuss the ongoing negotiations for a convention that would protect the rights of persons with disabilities.
Delegates will seek to bring to a conclusion the draft convention on the rights of persons with disabilities during their meetings until 25 August 2006. The Convention covers rights such as equality, non-discrimination and equal recognition before the law; liberty and security of the person; accessibility, personal mobility and independent living; right to health, work and education; and participation in political and cultural life.
Five main issues in the working text remain unresolved: international monitoring, international cooperation, legal capacity , the definition of “disability,” and the definition and scope of health services.
The WYA continues to urge countries to finalize this treaty that would guarantee persons with disabilities the full enjoyment of their rights without discrimination, as well as equal access to health, transportation, justice, employment and education opportunities.
We continue to monitor the ongoing deliberations, in order to ensure that the dignity of all persons with disabilities will be recognized and protected in the final text of the Convention.
Anna, Steve and Dominic
Phillipines Ambassator and
Attache Nigeria Minister
Luxembourg and Austria
Repr. Nigeria and Ivory Coast
Issa, Anna, Steve, Guadalupe