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CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM AS TALKS ON UN DISABILITY TREATY NEAR END

 

Press Release - U.N. News Center

 

Aug 25 2006

 

The chair of the negotiations on a new United Nations convention to protect the rights of persons with disabilities said he was confident that a deal could be reached, despite several key differences between Member States as the talks entered their final day.

 

Ambassador Don MacKay of New Zealand said many of the participants as UN Headquarters in New York remained confident that an agreed text could be achieved by tonight.

 

"We are definitely within striking distance," he said. "I think it will be finalized."

 

The Coordinator of the International Disability Caucus, Maria Veronica Reina, said she was also cautiously optimistic.

 

"Even though the last mile is the most difficult mile, we are almost there," she said.

 

If the negotiations succeed, the convention - which could be adopted by the General Assembly during its upcoming session - would mark a turning point in ending official discrimination against persons with disabilities.

 

Mr. MacKay said about half of the convention has already been agreed upon and he expected agreement today on some of the more difficult issues, such as an international monitoring mechanism, education, and the clauses which would spell out how the convention would take effect.

 

"All of us know that agreement is within reach at the end of this week," Mr. MacKay said. But delegations, he added, had to ask themselves whether sticking to a position would prevent their government from becoming a party to the convention. "If the answer is no, please do not insist on a position," he implored.

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Did you see this:

 

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New York, 28 August 2006 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the convention to protect the rights of persons with disabilities

 

The Secretary-General hails the agreement reached by a committee of the General Assembly last Friday night on a new treaty on the rights of persons with disabilities, to be adopted by the Assembly during its coming session, as a historic achievement for the 650 million people with disabilities around the world. He notes that people with disabilities have hitherto lacked adequate protection, and hopes that this long overdue Convention will mark the beginning of a new era in which they will have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. He urges all Member States to ratify the Convention and ensure its rapid implementation.

 

 

http://www.un.org/apps/sg/sgstats.asp?nid=2177

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Yeap, I saw it. I just thought that I would have never seen it in my life time.

 

It really is a Historic Moment.

 

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Did you see this:

 

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New York, 28 August 2006 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the convention to protect the rights of persons with disabilities

 

The Secretary-General hails the agreement reached by a committee of the General Assembly last Friday night on a new treaty on the rights of persons with disabilities, to be adopted by the Assembly during its coming session, as a historic achievement for the 650 million people with disabilities around the world. He notes that people with disabilities have hitherto lacked adequate protection, and hopes that this long overdue Convention will mark the beginning of a new era in which they will have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. He urges all Member States to ratify the Convention and ensure its rapid implementation.

http://www.un.org/apps/sg/sgstats.asp?nid=2177

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