NEWS: United Nations Launches Disability Newsletter
The United Nations Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities (CRPD) has launched the Enable Newsletter. The newsletter is meant to keep readers informed about the work being done on disability issues within the United Nations system.
The first issue, for January 2008, leads with a feature story on the CRPD, the international disability rights treaty. It reports briefly on several recent events within the United Nations system including a meeting on “Making it work – Civil Society Participation in the Implementation of the Convention,” in Madrid, Spain, held in November 2007; events associated with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities held on December 3 and Human Rights Day on December 10; the first meeting of the Inter-Agency Support Group (IASG) on the CRPD; and others.
The January Enable Newsletter also reports on disability-related activities by various United Nations agencies around the world. These include a seminar that was held on freedom from torture; UNICEF’s efforts to develop a child-friendly version of the CRPD; the work that the World Health Organization (WHO) has been doing in developing reports and guidelines on disability and rehabilitation; and others.
Toward the end of the newsletter is a list of links to various helpful publications, such as a digest on the rights of children with disabilities; a report on the sexual and reproductive rights of people with disabilities; a report on people with disabilities in India; a report on measuring disability prevalence; and a report on making World Bank projects more disability-inclusive; and others. It also lists a few up-coming events being held within the United Nations system.
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