UN chief calls for rights for the disabled

Added On June 14, 2018

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on countries around the world to protect the rights of disabled people.

This week, the UN Secretary called for the implementation of a human rights treaty, known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
He said he calls for the rights of some 1.5 billion people around the world.
The UN Secretary urged countries to apply the convention to their development policies, investment and legal systems.
The convention is one of the most widely-ratified international human rights treaties, with 177 ratifications since its adoption in 2006.
"We cannot afford to ignore or marginalize the contributions of 1.5 billion people. I strongly believe that despite many international agreements and initiatives, we must all – Member States, the UN system, civil society, private sector, all stakeholders – do much more to ensure that people with disabilities have full access to opportunities and can fully participate in society."
The UN chief noted a strong gender dimension to disability, saying women and girls are disproportionately affected, particularly in the poorest countries in the world.
"Every minute, more than 30 women are seriously injured or disabled during childbirth. Women and girls with disabilities face multiple barriers to accessing education, health services and jobs. Without women's empowerment and gender equality, millions of women will continue to suffer from double discrimination based on both their gender and their disability."
Guterres said he has initiated a comprehensive review of the UN's work in this area.
The review will look at all aspects of how the UN addresses disability, including areas such as accessibility and employment.