The United Nations in its recent newsletter the United Nations Enable provides a Handbook for Parliamentarians on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As many of you are aware the Government of Canada is presently conducting consultations on Canada’s ratification of the Convention.
Theme for 2009: “Realizing the MDGs for All: Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and Their Communities around the World”. The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities. The theme of the Day is based on the goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by persons with disabilities, established by the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by General Assembly in 1982. More information on the International Day 2009 will come soon.
Link to the Handbook for Parliamentarians on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Send the link to your Member of Parliament!