States must urgently step up their work to ensure that persons with disabilities can take their place as equal members of society, a United Nations human rights expert has warned in a statement marking the 10th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
decade after the Convention was adopted, some of the most basic
issues have not been addressed, and many persons with disabilities
remain marginalized and excluded, according to Catalina Devandas
Aguilar, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with
a strongly-worded statement, Devandas Aguilar said
"only peripheral" and urgent action is needed to deliver full
rights to the global population of almost one billion adults and at
least 93 million children with disabilities in the world.
to the Convention, every one of them can claim rights that relate to
every single area of their lives. It is now vital to ensure that this
translates into significant improvements and tangible changes in
their lives," the Special Rapporteur noted.
said the systems in many countries were falling short or responding
inadequately to the challenge of turning the Convention into daily
Aguilar hailed progress including new laws, policies and programmes
in some States, and the placing of disability issues at the heart of
international processes including the new Sustainable Development