RI Global From the Field: Seventh Session of the Conference of State Parties, 10-12 June 2014

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As part of the Seventh Session of the Conference of State Parties, hundreds of activists and government delegates gathered at United Nations Headquarters to identify practical ways to take the rights, needs and concerns of persons with disabilities into consideration as they strive to advance inclusive, sustainable development. The event was the largest international meeting on disability issues of the year.

“As the international community discusses a universal post-2015 development agenda, we need to make sure that the new framework will not leave the one billion persons with disabilities behind,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message to the seventh session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was delivered by Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo.

The three-day meeting reviewed the implementation of the Convention, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2006, as well as the development agenda that Member States are currently designing as a successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

As part of the meeting, nine new members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities were elected. Representatives of the following countries were added to the Committee: Germany, Lithuania, Serbia, Nigeria, Korea, Denmark, Colombia, Mauritius and China.

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