20111001 IDA Disability Rights Bulletin

IDA Disability Rights Bulletin (October 2011)

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CRPD ratifications reach 106

The ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by Cape Verde on 10 October 2011 brings a total of 106 States Parties to the CRPD, while the Optional Protocol (OP) has 63 ratifications.
The number of signatures to the CRPD is 153 while the OP has 90 signatures.
Please click the link to check the list of Signatories and State Parties.
OHCHR Thematic Study on Participation in Political and Public Life
IDA presented its contribution to the thematic study on participation of persons with disabilities in political and public life that the OHCHR will be presenting to the Human Rights Council in March 2012.
Rio+20 Conference on sustainable development
IDA also presented a contribution to the UN Secretariat in charge of preparing the Rio+20 Conference on sustainable development which will be held in Rio in June 2012.
International Day on the Eradication of Poverty (17 October 2011)
The United Nations Office at Geneva and the International Movement ATD Fourth World hosted a commemorative event on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, “From Poverty to Sustainability: People at the Centre of Inclusive Development”. Representatives of the missions of Switzerland and Senegal as well as the Special Rapporteur on human rights and extreme poverty, Ms. María Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona spoke, as did a Geneva coalition on poverty. The Special Rapporteur stressed the need for participation and involvement of stakeholders in all aspects of addressing poverty. A film was screened on a participatory youth project, done with Swiss support, to address flooding in poor neighborhoods in Senegal. IDA’s press release on the International Day of the Eradication of Poverty highlights the need to include persons with disabilities in the upcoming ILO recommendation on a social protection floor. Please click the links below to have access to the press release (English or Spanish).