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UN disability rights committee opens with a call to spotlight gender issues

The United Nations committee monitoring efforts to protect rights of persons with disabilities today opened its spring session today in Geneva with a call to pay special attention to gender issues.

Social protection systems should be more inclusive of persons with disabilities – UN rights expert

States should make their social protection systems more inclusive for persons with disabilities, rather than pursuing models that often lock them into a cycle of dependence and poverty, a UN expert on the rights of persons with disabilities has said.

UN deputy chief urges action to reduce exclusion and discrimination of persons with disabilities

Empowering persons with disabilities and securing their rights will advance society as a whole, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today as he urged strengthening global cooperation and partnership on the matter at the Eighth Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Rights of people with disabilities cannot be ignored in development agenda, UN experts

“One billion people – 15 per cent of the world’s population – are persons with disabilities, and their rights cannot be ignored,” a group of United Nations human rights experts said today, as they urged negotiators and UN Member States to include rights of such persons in the new development framework.

On world Day, Ban spotlights how technology can improve life for 1 billion persons with disabilities

More than one billion people – or approximately 15 per cent of the world's population – live with some form of disability and have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities, the United Nations highlighted today on its International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

UN rights office hails ratification of disability convention by 150 States as ‘major milestone’

Guyana became the latest country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is widely regarded as the first international human rights treaty of the twenty-first century and one of the fastest to be ratified.

Annual UN review focuses on youth with disabilities, advancing inclusive development

Hundreds of activists and Government delegates gathered at United Nations Headquarters today to identify practical ways to take the rights, needs and concerns of persons with disabilities, particularly youth, into consideration as they strive to advance inclusive, sustainable development.

Respect right of persons with disabilities to make their own choices, urges UN panel

People with disabilities have the same rights as everyone to make decisions about their lives, including the right to take risks and make mistakes, a United Nations committee has stressed in new guidelines.

On World Day, Ban urges renewed efforts to help persons affected by autism realize full potential

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked World Autism Awareness Day with a call to action – urging the international community to take part in fostering progress for those affected by autism “by supporting education programmes, employment opportunities and other measures that help realize our shared vision of a more inclusive world.”

Marking World Day, Ban urges inclusion, equality for persons with Down syndrome

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed for better access and equality to health services for persons with Down syndrome.