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Decade after global treaty’s adoption, persons with disabilities still at ‘grave disadvantage’ — Ban

05 December 2016
Decade after global treaty’s adoption, persons with disabilities still at ‘grave disadvantage’ — Ban

On 2 December 2016, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the challenges people with disabilities face despite progress made since the adoption of a global treaty to promote their rights a decade ago.

"In the past decade, we have seen much progress. But, persons with disabilities continue to face grave disadvantages," Mr. Ban told a high-level meeting on the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), organized by the UN General Assembly.

Adopted on 13 December 2006, the Convention is now one of the most widely ratified international human rights instruments with 169 Parties.

Along with its Optional Protocol, the Convention has helped to promote the rights and advancement of persons with disabilities and bring them to the centre of development efforts, he said.

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