UN DISABILITY RIGHTS CONVENTION - First Committee of experts elected

24 Nov 2008

The first Conference of States Parties on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), taking place at the UN headquarters in New York, elected the new Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 3 November.

The Committee will be in charge of monitoring the implementation of the CRPD. It comprises seven men and five women, of which nine are persons with disabilities. The twelve Committee members elected are:

  •       Monsur Ahmed Choudhuri (Bangladesh) (4-year term)
  •       Amna Ali Al Suweidi (Qatar) (4-year term)
  •       György Könczei (Hungary) (2-year term)
  •       Ana Peláez Narváez (Spain) (4-year term)
  •       Cveto Uršic; (Slovenia) (2-year term)
  •       Jia Yang (China) (4-year term)
  •       Mohamed Al-Tarawneh (Jordan) (4-year term)
  •       Ron McCallum (Australia) (2-year term)
  •       Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes (Chile) (4-year term)
  •       Germán Xavier Torres Correa (Ecuador) (2-year term)
  •       Lotfi Ben Lallohom (Tunisia) (2-year term)
  •       Edah Wangechi Maina (Kenya) (2-year term)

The Committee will hold its first one-week meeting in Geneva in February 2009. The Conference of States Parties decided to hold its next meet in 2009, which confirms the substantive nature of the Conference.

William Rowland, Chair of the International Disability Alliance CRDP Forum (IDA CRDP Forum), congratulated the members of the Committee for their election and looked forward to very close interaction with the Committee that will ensure meaningful participation from representative organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) in all stages of their work and a real source of expertise.  The IDA CRPD Forum is the network of international and regional organisations of persons with disabilities, which has been established to promote the swift and proper ratification and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol.

EDF was represented at the Conference by its President, Yannis Vardakastanis, and Director, Carlotta Besozzi.

For more information on the IDA CRPD Forum, please visit IDA's website or send an email to: idacrpdforum@yahoo.com.