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The United Nations convention

on the rights of persons with disabilities

Reference: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=259

It’s About Ability

What is the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?


“The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international treaty that identifies the rights of persons with disabilities as well as the obligations on States’ parties to the Convention to promote, protect and ensure those rights.”

“The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on 13 December 2006 and it was opened for signature on 30 March 2007.  There were 82 signatories to the Convention, 44 signatories to the Optional Protocol, and one ratification of the convention. This is the highest number of signatories in history to a UN Convention on its opening day. States that ratify the Convention are legally bound to respect the standards in the Convention.  For other States, the Convention represents an international standard that they should endeavor to respect. The Convention entered into force on 3 May 2008.”

“The Convention marks a ‘paradigm shift’ in attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities. It takes to a new height the movement from viewing persons with disabilities as ‘objects’ of charity, medical treatment and social protection towards viewing persons with disabilities as ‘subjects’ with rights, who are capable of claiming those rights and making decisions for their lives based on their free and informed consent as well as being active members of society.”

Upcoming Events 

Raising awareness of the lives of persons with Down syndrome

Mr. Blue Sky is a film with a powerful message of hope that calls for change and acceptance for those living with Down syndrome and other physical and developmental disabilities.  The movie is an instrument of peace that seeks to raise awareness and inclusion, educate, and create opportunities for those individuals born with Down syndrome. More information: http://www.mrblueskymovie.com.

1-9 September 2010: 3rd meeting of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, New York

4-8 October 2010: 4th meeting of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Geneva