Election of six Members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to replace those whose terms are due to expire on 31 December 2010, and to increase the membership of the Committee by six members to attain a maximum number of eighteen members
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is composed of 12 independent experts - persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights.
Article 34, paragraph 2 provides that after an additional sixty ratifications or accessions to the Convention, the membership of the Committee is foreseen to increase by six members, attaining a maximum number of eighteen members. On 2 February 2010, France became the 80th State to ratify the Convention. In addition, in accordance with article 34, paragraph 7, the term of six of the members elected at the first election will expire on 31 December 2010. Thus, twelve seats in the Committee must now be filled through an election.
The third session of the Conference of the States parties to the Convention will take place in New York from 1 to 3 September 2010. The election of twelve members of the Committee will take place on 1 September 2010.
Article 34, paragraph 4 states that “the members of the Committee shall be elected by States parties, consideration being given to equitable geographical distribution, representation of the different forms of civilization and of the principal legal systems, balanced gender representation and participation of experts with disabilities”.
Article 34, paragraph 3 states that “When nominating their candidates, States parties are invited to give due consideration to the provision set out in article 4, paragraph 3, of the present Convention”, according to which “States parties shall closely consult with and actively involve persons with disabilities, including children with disabilities through their representative organizations”.
Members are elected for a term of four years by the Conference of States Parties. Committee Members serve in their personal capacity and may be re-elected once if nominated. Of the new members elected as a result of the expanded membership, three will be elected for a term of two years and the other three for a term of four years. A note by the Secretary-General (Word) explains the procedure for the conduct of the elections.
Nominations are due by 1 July 2010. The nominations and biographical data, preferably in accordance with the biographical data form, should be submitted to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva, CH-1211 Geneva 10 and in ELECTRONIC VERSION (WORD) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The current Members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and their terms of office are:
Ms. Amna Ali Al Suweidi (Qatar) - 31/12/2012
Mr. Mohammed Al-Tarawneh (Jordan) - 31/12/2012
Mr. Lotfi Ben Lallohom (Tunisia) - 31/12/2010
Mr. Monsur Ahmed Choudhuri (Bangladesh) - 31/12/2012
Ms. María Soledad Cisternas Reyes (Chile) - 31/12/2012
Mr. György Könczei (Hungary) - 31/12/2010
Ms. Edah Wangechi Maina (Kenya) - 31/12/2010
Mr. Ronald McCallum AO (Australia) - 31/12/2010
Ms. Ana Peláez Narváez (Spain) - 31/12/2012
Mr. Germán Xavier Torres Correa (Ecuador) - 31/12/2010
Mr. Cveto URŠIČ (Slovenia) - 31/12/2010
Ms. Jia Yang (China) - 31/12/2012
CV forms: English, French and Spanish (Word)
QAs on the CRPD (Word)
CVs of Candidates for the 2010 Elections
* Received before official deadline: 01/07/2010
Table of 2010 Elections Results
* Drawn by lot by the President to serve 2-year terms