13 September 2012 /// The fifth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP5) is taking place from 12 to 14 September 2012 at the UN Headquarters gathering the attention of the disability movement worldwide. Yannis Vardakastanis, President of EDF has participated at the opening as Chair of the International Disability Alliance (IDA). During the Conference, 9 of the 18 positions in the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities have just been renewed through an election.
At the opening of the Conference, Yannis Vardakastanis, as Chair of IDA, has enumerated the future challenges on the implementation of the UNCRPD. They were summarized in four points: The UN should lead by example the implementation of the UNCRPD, the need to involve the organizations of persons with disabilities, the requirement to provide even more time to the CRPD committee, and the necessity to ensure that the Convention is a driving force for the post Millennium Development Goals and for the High Level Meeting on Development and Disability.
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