Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

 
 

Global meeting of UN Committee on disabilities and NHRIs concludes with key strategies on implementation of UN Disability Convention

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GENEVA, 25 SEPTEMBER 2014 - The global meeting between the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee), national human rights institutions (NHRIs) and national monitoring mechanisms (NMM) concluded on 25 September with a roadmap on how to strengthen cooperation in monitoring implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities worldwide.

 

Over 100 participants from all regions took part in the one-day event organised organised by the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) and the CRPD Committee with the co-sponsorship of the United Nations Office in Geneva, the International Telecommunication Union, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and with the International Disability Alliance.

 

Picture: (from left to right) Allan Miller, Deputy Chairperson ICC, James Heenan, Chief Groups In F​​ocus Section OHCHR, Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, Chairperson CRPD, Michael Møller, Director-General UNOG, Ibrahim Salama, Director Human Rights Treaties Division OHCHR, Anders Nosker, Chief Information Services Department ITU (Photo by: Agnès Gràcia).​
 

CRPD Committee members, NHRIs and NMM from all regions as well as UN experts and civil society and DPOs participated in the meeting, to discuss cooperation opportunities and strategies for the monitoring of the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

 

Opening the meeting, Director General of the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) Michael Møller said this “is the first time that the international and national monitoring mechanisms of the Convention are meeting, an important step forward in the process of promotion and protection of the rights of person with disabilities in line with the Convention of persons with Disabilities. Our meeting shows clearly that we are making progress towards that goal but it also shows the importance and value of working together at all levels including independent national human rights institutions and civil society stakeholders who are critical players across the UN agenda”.

 

CRPD Chairpreson Maria Cisternas Reyes underlined that “A partnership with NHRIs and monitoring mechanisms at the national level is a catalytic step in order to effectively implement in different regions of the world the model of human rights for people with disabilities in the spirit of promoting, protecting and ensuring a full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by persons with disabilities and respect for their inherent dignity. This meeting is a historic milestone in a procedural and substantive manner (…)”. Sin título2.png

 

Director of the Human Rights Treaties Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Ibrahim Salama, the Chief of Information Services Department of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Anders Nosker, and ICC Secretary and Deputy Chair Alan Miller also attended the opening session.

 

Meeting participants discussed the roles of NHRIs and NMMs at all stages of the work of the CRPD Committee and cooperation opportunities for monitoring activities at the national level.

 

Participants also considered the CRPD Committee's role as a capacity-building agent under article 37.2 of the Convention.

 

​​​Picture: Allan Miller, Deputy Chairperson ICC, and Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, Chairperson UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.​
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Participants resolved to:


  1. Cooperate in the development of CRPD Committee Guidelines on the participation of NHRIs and NMMs in the work of the CRPD Committee;
  2. Consider the development of a CRPD Committee's General Comment on article 33 of the Convention;
  3. Consider making use of the capacity-building mandate of the CRPD Committee under article 37 CRPD;
  4. Continue developing partnerships and cooperation with civil society and DPOs.

 

The ICC and the CRPD Committee are exploring opportunities to advance in their joint work and implementing the outcomes of the meeting.

 

“Today’s meeting is a milestone in the history of national human rights treaty monitoring. It brings together the UN Committee, NHRIs and civil society from all regions of the globe in sprit of partnership and cooperation in the common aspiration that we all share to ensure that persons with disabilities can all fully and equally enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms on the same bases as everyone else”, stated Alan Miller who represented the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) at the meeting.

 

The meeting was co-organised by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the ICC, with the co-sponsorship of the OHCHR, the ITU, the Secretary General's Special Envoy on Disabilities and the UNOG. In addition, it served form the support of the International Disability Alliance.

 

Joint efforts with the mentioned partners ensured an unprecedented event which included remote participation, using web-based video technology, of NHRIs and NMMs from around the globe, including from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Greece, India, Japan, Korea. Accessibility measures, such as sign language, captioning, interpretation and webcasting, were also made available.

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Picture: Participants present at the meeting and trough remote participation benefiting from accessibility measures such as sign language, captioning and interpretation.   


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NHRIs Contributions

The German Institute for Human Rights is Germany's designated National Monitoring Mechanism in line with Article 33 II CRPD. In this capacity, the National Monitoring Mechanism has made recommendations to the CRPD as it develops the list of issues for Germany's upcoming review of complance with the Convention. Germany's review will take place at the Committee's 12th session in September 2014. 
 

  
  
  
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