The EU Monitoring Framework renews its commitment to promote the UN Convention

4 March 2015
EDF Vice-President Gunta Anca with representatives of the other members of the EU Monitoring Framework

EDF is there to ensure the voice of persons with disabilities is heard

At today's high-level meeting of the EU Monitoring Framework on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the European Commission, represented by Director-General Michel Servoz, Members of the European Parliament Ádám Kósa, Rosa Estaràs Ferragut and Helga Stevens, the European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly, the Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights Morten Kjaerum and the Vice-President of the European Disability Forum Gunta Anca, renewed their commitment to promote, protect and monitor the rights of persons with disabilities in the EU in line with the UN Convention.

The EU decided in 2010 for the first time to accede to a core UN human rights convention, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Council of the EU in 2012 put in place a mechanism, the EU Framework, to promote, protect and monitor the implementation of the UN Convention, as required under its Article 33 (2).

Building on the work of the EU Framework so far, on 4 March 2015 political representatives of its members met in Brussels to underline their commitment to the Framework and endorse its work plan for 2015-2016. The meeting comes ahead of important developments. In particular, in 2015 the UN Committee in Geneva will review the progress of the EU in implementing the UN Convention and the Framework will actively participate in this process.

“The UN Convention gives clear guidance on the obligation to engage with persons with disabilities, through their representative organisations in the monitoring of the implementation of the Convention. EDF, as the umbrella organisation representing the rights of 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe, is committed to working at every level to ensure that the UN Convention is a tool to make real change in their lives. We are committed to our role within the framework, to bring the voice and participation of persons with disabilities into its ongoing work”, says EDF Vice-President, Gunta Anca.

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