The Convention is a set of 40 articles, aiming at prohibiting discrimination against persons with disabilities in all areas of life. Although it doesn’t create new rights, it is a step toward the international recognition of the necessity to develop specific instruments for the full respect of Human Rights toward the estimated 650 million persons with disabilities in the world.
The Convention addresses the main issues faced by disabled persons, and obligates UN member countries to develop inclusive policies and infrastructures. This means among other things to adapt buildings in conformity with international disability standards, to offer better access to education as well as to information.
Although the consensus around the Convention is in itself a great success, the procedure is still not over, the text has to be adopted by the General Assembly before being open for signing and ratification by UN member states. Only the States that will ratify the Convention will be bound by it and obliged to adapt their national legislation.
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