UN Human Rights Council Webcast on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

March 4, 2010

INTERACTIVE PANEL DIALOGUE ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Friday 5 March 2010, 15:00 to 18:00; Geneva, Palais des Nations
 
Topic
The structure and role of national mechanisms for the implementation and monitoring of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
 
Date
Friday 5 March 2010, from 15:00 to 18:30 during the 13th session of the Human Rights Council
 
Aims and Objectives

  • Enhance understanding of the rationale and content of article 33 of the CRPD on national implementation and monitoring;
  • Explore good practices in the implementation of such article, identify legal and other measures required and reflect on potential obstacles to effective implementation at national level;
  • Reflect on the role of civil society in the functioning of such mechanisms, and identify lessons that could assist national implementation.

 
Opening statement: Mrs. Navanethem Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights

Speakers and Panelists

  • H.E. Mr. Don MacKay, former Ambassador of New Zealand at the United Nations in Geneva
  • Mr. Mohammed Al-Tarawneh, Expert Member of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Mr. Shuaib Chalklen, Special Rapporteur on Disability of the Commission for Social Development
  • Ms. Jennifer Lynch, Q.C, ICC Chairperson and Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission
  • Ms. Regina Atalla, President, Red Latinoamericana de Organizaciones no Gubernamentales de Personas con Discapacidad y sus Familias, member of the International Disability Alliance (IDA)

Moderator:  H.E. Mr. Andrej Logar, Ambassador of Slovenia at the United Nations in Geneva and Vice-President of the Human Rights Council
 
Format
The presentations of the panelists will be followed by an interactive discussion. This discussion will be divided in two slots of 60 minutes each (45 minutes for comments and questions from the floor, followed by 15 minutes for comments and replies by panelists). The interactive debate will be followed by concluding remarks from the moderator.
The modalities of the panel are: 7 minutes from panelists, 3 minutes for Member States and 2 minutes for Observer States, national human rights institutions, international organizations and non-governmental organizations.
 
Member States, national human rights institutions, international organizations and non-governmental organizations are encouraged to participate and make their contributions to the debate, subject to the modalities and the practice of the Council. In particular, NGO coordination is strongly encouraged to maximize the use of time.
 
Outcome
The debate will increase awareness and understanding of the scope and rationale and of the legislative and other measures required to effectively implement article 33 of the CRPD on national mechanisms for the implementation and monitoring of the CRPD. An informal summary of the debate will be posted on the OHCHR website.
 
Background
In resolution 10/7 entitled “Human rights of persons with disabilities: national frameworks for the promotion and protection of the human rights of persons with disabilities”, the Human Rights Council decided to focus its interactive debate on the rights of persons with disabilities at its thirteen session on the structure and role of national mechanisms for the implementation and monitoring of the CRPD. The debate will be webcasted at: http://www.un.org/webcast/unhrc/index.asp.
 
To support this debate, the Council requested OHCHR “…to prepare a study to enhance awareness on the structure and role of national mechanisms for the implementation and monitoring of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” and requested that such study be developed “in consultation with relevant stakeholders, including States, regional organizations, civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities and national human rights institutions disabilities”. The OHCHR study is available at:
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/13session/reports.htm
 
Over 100 written contributions to the study were received and OHCHR also held an open consultation in Geneva on 26 October 2009. The submissions received for the study, the informal summary of the consultation and the presentations of the experts that participated in the consultation are available at:  http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/disability/hrc_disability.htm
 
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The Human Rights Council held its first debate on the rights of persons with disabilities in March 2010, in the course of its tenth session, and discussed key legal measure for the ratification and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The informal summary of the debate is available at: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/disability/HRCResolution79.htm. To support this debate OHCHR prepared a study on legal measures for the ratification and implementation of the Convention (A/HRC/10/48) which is available in all official languages at: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/10session/reports.htm.