Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Day of General Discussion on “Accessibility”, 7 October 2010
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities was adopted on 13 December 2006 by the UN General Assembly. The Convention and its Optional Protocol entered into force on 3 May 2008. So far, the Convention has acquired 145 signatories and 87 states parties.
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the body of independent experts responsible for reviewing progress made by States parties in implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, during its first session, decided to devote its 2010 Day of General Discussion (DGD) on 07 October 2010 to article 9 and other relevant articles of the Convention dealing with the Accessibility.
The purpose of the Days of General Discussion is to foster a deeper understanding of the contents and implications of the Convention as they relate to specific articles or topics. Representatives of Governments, United Nations human rights mechanisms, United Nations bodies and specialized agencies, non-governmental organizations, national human rights institutions as well as individual experts and children are welcome to take part.
The 2010 Day of General Discussion is intended to provide States and other actors with more comprehensive guidance as to their obligations to promote and protect the Accessibility as outlined in article 9 and other relevant articles of the Convention.
Given the complexity of the concepts and issues involved, and in order to facilitate the exchange of views between participants and Committee members, the discussion will be held in three separate sessions based on the following topics in order to focus the discussions (please refer to the outline for more details on the topics and sub-topics):
Session 1: The right to access on an equal basis with others to the physical environment and transportation;
Session 2: The right to access on an equal basis with others to virtual and material information and communications;
Session 3: Discussion of the best practices on the implementation and promotion of the Accessibility.
The Committee will hold a day of general discussion each year. Please refer to the guidelines for information on registration and participation.
Please note: There has been a room change. For the Day of General Discussion, the Committee will meet in Palais des Nations, Room XX (20), Building E.
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