CONFERENCE: Implementing the Disability Rights Convention in Latin America

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RI, in collaboration with RI members in Mexico, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, and the National System for the Integral Development of the Family

April 15-16, 2008
Mexico City, Mexico

Implementing the UN Disability Rights Convention in Latin America: Partnerships, Strategies and Action

For more information, contact:
Andrés Balcázar at:


About the Conference

This Latin American Regional Conference, co-organized by Rehabilitation International (RI), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (CONADIS) and the National System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF), aims to promote comprehensive and effective implementation of the Convention by strengthening dialogue and partnerships among the disability community, policymakers, lawyers and judges and by providing a forum for exchanging good practices and networking. The majority of the conference will be devoted to 90-minute discussions with small panels, to allow for the most interaction among more than 150 expected participants.

This Conference is part of RI’s Global Advocacy Campaign, which focuses on raising awareness and building capacity to promote the Convention, and also fits in the activities being prepared by the Mexican Government to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In an innovative approach to mainstreaming disability rights, RI is partnering with the international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and local law firms in the region to conduct an analysis of existing national laws in Mexico, Ecuador and Costa Rica vis-à-vis the UN Convention and develop recommendations for legal reform in each country. The research is being carried out in collaboration with disability experts and relevant actors in these countries and will be presented at the Conference as a resource for NGOs, government officials, parliamentarians and legal professionals in Latin America.

In addition to the legal issues related to implementation, the participants will discuss the implementation gap in order to ensure that the UN Convention is translated into good policies and programs reaching all persons with disabilities; strategies for inclusion of persons with disabilities in decision-making bodies; and concrete measures for addressing the disability-poverty cycle.

Simultaneous translation into Spanish and English will be provided. In addition, written materials will be available in accessible formats.

A limited number of scholarships are available to support travel expenses for participants at the Conference. For more information, please contact Andrés Balcázar at:, Shantha Rau at:, or Lauren Goldy at:

Venue: Conference Room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Plaza Juárez 20, Colonia Centro, Delegación Cuauhtémoc, México, D.F.

This conference was made possible because of generous support from Irish Aid, Open Society Institute and an anonymous donor.

RI (Rehabilitación Internacional)

En Colaboración con los Miembros de RI en México, la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, el Consejo Nacional para las Personas con Discapacidad, y el Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia

Abril 15-16, 2008

Implementando la Convención de la ONU sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad en Latinoamérica: Asociaciones, Estrategias y Acción


Sobre la Conferencia

La conferencia regional latinoamericana, coorganizada por Rehabilitación Internacional (RI) y sus miembros en México, la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE), el Consejo Nacional para las Personas con Discapacidad (CONADIS) y el Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF), busca promover una implementación integral y eficaz de la Convención de la ONU, sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad, fortaleciendo el diálogo y asociaciones entre la comunidad con discapacidad, funcionarios encargados de la elaboración de políticas públicas, abogados y jueces; proporcionando también un foro para el intercambio de buenas prácticas y el establecimiento de redes de cooperación. La mayor parte de la conferencia estará conformada por sesiones de 90 minutos con paneles pequeños, para permitir la mayor interacción entre los más de 150 participantes esperados.

Esta conferencia es parte de la Campaña de Activismo Mundial de RI, la cual se enfoca en concienciar y generar capacidad para promover la Convención y también se enmarca dentro de las actividades que el Gobierno de México ha preparado para conmemorar el 60° aniversario de la Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos.

Como una forma innovadora de abordar los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, Rehabilitación Internacional se ha asociado con la firma legal internacional Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP y firmas legales locales en la región, para realizar un análisis de las leyes existentes en México, Ecuador y Costa Rica y su relación con la Convención, elaborando recomendaciones para reformas legales en cada país.

El análisis se está desarrollando en colaboración con expertos en discapacidad y otros actores relevantes y será presentado en la Conferencia como un recurso para ONGs, funcionarios gubernamentales, parlamentarios y profesionales legales en Latinoamérica. Además de los temas legales relacionados con la implementación, los participantes discutirán el intervalo de dicha implementación, para asegurar que la Convención de la ONU se traduzca en buenas políticas y programas que lleguen a todas las personas con discapacidad, en estrategias para su inclusión en los cuerpos de toma de decisiones y en medidas concretas para abordar el ciclo de discapacidad-pobreza.

Se proporcionará interpretación simultánea Inglés - Español. También habrá material impreso en formatos accesibles.

Existe un número limitado de becas disponibles para apoyar los gastos de viajes de los participantes a la Conferencia. Para más información contacte por favor a Andrés Balcázar en, a Shantha Rau en:, o Lauren Goldy en:

Sede: Salones de Conferencias de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE), Plaza Juárez 20, Colonia Centro, Delegación Cuauhtémoc, México, D.F.

Esta conferencia ha sido posible gracias al generoso apoyo de Irish Aid, Open Society Institute y un donante anónimo.

We Can Do learned about this conference through the AdHoc International Disability Caucus mailing list, which can be joined for free.

This post is also cross-posted at the RatifyNow website, which has information, toolkits, and resources related to ratifying and implementing the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (

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