Countries urged to work harder for equal opportunities for people with disabilities

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A disabled man operates a mobile phone repair business in Sri Lanka. Photo: ILO

The world can do better in achieving full rights for people with disabilities.

That's according to the Korean Ambassador to the United Nations, who is chairing a conference this week to review progress on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The Convention is among the most widely ratified international treaties, with 164 countries committing to prohibit discrimination against citizens with disabilities.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Ambassador Oh Joon, the conference president, said the meeting provides an opportunity to reflect on lessons learned over this period.

He said the international community has made "significant steps" in advancing the implementation of the convention.

"Indeed, we have reasons to celebrate, but we are also aware that we can do better in order to achieve the goals of the Convention and make the rights a reality for all persons with disabilities in their lives on the ground, we must work harder and work together to ensure equal opportunities for all persons with disabilities in all aspects of development and society."

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted in 2006 and came into force two years later.

This year's conference will address the global development promise of "leaving no one behind."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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