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There is a new report on the Convention of the United Nations
on the rights of persons with disabilities.

The report says how many countries have signed the Convention
and how they try to do what the Convention says.


A new report, which sheds plenty of light over the status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, has been recently produced by the Secretary General of the United Nations. The report contains information about the status of signatures and ratifications of the Convention and its Optional Protocol, the second through the fifth sessions of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the monitoring of the implementation of the Convention through the Conference of States Parties and on-going efforts by Governments towards ratification and implementation of the Convention.

According to the report, as of the date of its submission there were 102 States Parties and 149 signatories to the Convention as well as to the Optional Protocol, while in the period between the last report and the present one, there have been 47 ratifications and 2 accessions, as well as 6 signatures to the Convention. According to the report, many countries have taken measures to harmonize national laws, enact new legislation and create national focal points to implement the Convention more fully or to move towards its ratification.

Several States that had signed the Convention reported having taken steps towards ratification. Cameroon, for instance, adopted its law promoting the social, economic and political integration of persons with disabilities, and Poland carried out a detailed review of national legislation to determine the changes necessary to comply with the Convention. Moreover, several States parties reported progress in harmonization of domestic legislation in compliance with the Convention, like Slovenia, which adopted the Act on Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in light of the Convention.

Other State Parties reported progress in developing and/or strengthening national frameworks for promotion, protection and monitoring of the Convention. For example, Congo created a national committee for coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the national plan for persons with disabilities. Italy which established the National Observatory on the Status of Persons with Disabilities, tasked with implementation and monitoring activities related to the Convention.

The report also refers to the important role of Inclusion International as one of the non-governmental organisations working to ensure successful implementation of the Convention. “Inclusion International, a global federation of family-based organizations, advocating for the human rights of persons with intellectual disabilities, released its global report on inclusive education, entitled Better Education for All: When We’re Included Too, at a conference on inclusive education, held in Salamanca, Spain, in October 2009.13 At the conclusion of the conference, Inclusion International, together with other stakeholders represented in Salamanca, launched a campaign entitled “Initiative 24” to promote the implementation of article 24 of the Convention.”

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Despite the numerours positive developments reflected in this report, 46 signatories still haven't ratified the Convention. Advancement of the ratification process in these countries is indispensable to ensure full protection of the rights of people with disabilities on equal basis with others.