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State Minister for Labour and Social Security, Senator Floyd Morris, has called on the international community to move quickly to implement the United Nations Convention on protecting the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities.
Senator Morris, who was addressing a recent meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, where the Convention was adopted by consensus, said that Jamaica was ready to partner with the relevant state agencies, organizations and civil society, to ensure that the provisions in the document were fully implemented in the shortest possible time.
“Jamaica is imploring members of this august body to . have the Convention implemented because it will serve to impact on the 650 million disabled persons living across the world,” he stated.
Senator Morris said that immediate action was needed to ensure that the lives of persons with disabilities, not just in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, but throughout the world, were improved under the Convention.
Speaking with JIS News after the meeting, Senator Morris said he felt very proud to have participated in the many discussions and debate toward the drafting of the comprehensive, 33-page Convention.
“It is indeed a joyous occasion to see the work of the (ad hoc) committee over the past few years coming to culmination and I am certain that the disabled community stands to benefit tremendously because the previous rules and regulations, like the UN Standard Rules, never had the sort of legislative basis and this convention is going to provide some form of legal recourse, so it’s really a profound Convention,” he noted.
The purpose of the Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.
The Convention defines persons with disabilities as those with long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments, which may hinder their full and effective participation in society. The Convention will be available for signing and ratification at the UN headquarters in New York as at March 30, 2007.