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RESULTS OF THE ELECTIONS OF MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

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Media Release
 
12 September 2012 /// The fifth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP5) is taking place from 12 to 14 September 2012 at the UN Headquarters gathering the attention of the disability movement worldwide. Yannis Vardakastanis, President of EDF has participated at the opening as Chair of the International Disability Alliance (IDA). During the Conference, 9 of the 18 positions in the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities have just been renewed through an election.

At the opening of the Conference, Yannis Vardakastanis, as Chair of IDA, has enumerated the future challenges on the implementation of the UNCRPD. They were summarized in four points: The UN should lead by example the implementation of the UNCRPD, the need to involve the organizations of persons with disabilities, the requirement to provide even more time to the UNCRPD committee and the necessity to ensure that the Convention is a driving force for the post Millennium Development Goals and for the High Level Meeting on Development and Disability.  

 
 
> WHO ARE THE ELECTED EUROPEAN MEMBERS?
 

EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, congratulates Ms. Ana Peláez Narváez (Spain) for her re-election as member in the CRPD Committee, as well as Ms. Diane Mulligan (UK) and Mr. László Gábor Lovászy (Hungary) for being elected for the first time as a members of the CRPD Committee: “With their commitment to the promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities, the European Disability Forum knows that they will actively contribute to the work of the CRPD Committee.”

The new members are not the only European members of the CRPD Committee. They are going to work together with Ms. Theresia Degener (Germany), Mr. Stig Langvad (Denmark) and Mr. Damjan Tatic (Serbia), already elected until 2014.
 
 
> IS THE CRPD COMMITTEE USEFUL?
 

The CRPD Committee plays a significant role as a monitoring tool of the implementation of the CRPD. It is composed of 18 independent experts, who monitor implementation of the Convention by the States Parties. All States parties have to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights of persons with disabilities are being implemented in their country.

States must report initially within two years after ratifying the Convention and then every four years. The Committee examines each report and makes suggestions and general recommendations on the report as it may consider appropriate and forwards these to the State Party concerned. Even though the recommendations are not legally binding, it is a convenient tool for the disability movement to monitor the concrete improvements of its country or regional organization.

EDF advocates, together with the International Disability Alliance, for allowing more time to the CRPD Committee every year in order to ensure that it can fulfill its function. So far the CRPD Committee is accumulating a delay in the examination of reports due to lack of enough time annually.
 
 
 
> NEXT MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE: EXAMINATION OF HUNGARY’S REPORT
 

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities convenes twice a year for sessions of one week, normally in spring and autumn at the UN Office in Geneva. As said, there is already much delay in the examination of the reports, even if the sessions are from now on held for two weeks. Its next meeting will take place on 17-28 September 2012. During this meeting, the Committee is going to examine the report of Hungary. Hungary is the second EU country being examined by the Committee after Spain.

The Committee’s recommendations on the report of Hungary will be a useful tool not only for the Hungarian organisations of persons with disabilities, but for the whole disability movement in Europe, in order to stress Member States towards the implementation of the CRPD.
 
 
> BACKGROUND
 

For more information on the CRPD Committee, the elections and the candidates, visit the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) website
 
Find IDA's press release on the results of the 2012 election to the CRPD Committee on its website
 
 

> UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 
13/09: EU side event on the experience of a Regional organisation in the UNCRPD
 
More information is available here
 
 

> CONTACT
 

 



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