UN / PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

11-Jun-2019 00:03:25
UN Chief António Guterres said, “disability inclusion is a fundamental human right. When we fight to secure those rights, we move our world closer to upholding the core values and principles of the United Nations Charter.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 11 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

11 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2.Various shots, General Assembly Hall
3.SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Disability inclusion is a fundamental human right. When we fight to secure those rights, we move our world closer to upholding the core values and principles of the United Nations Charter. Disability inclusion is central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. When we remove policies or biases or obstacles to opportunity for persons with disabilities, the whole world benefits.”
4.Wide shot, General Assembly
5.SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I count on the strong support of Member States as we move this Strategy forward. And I count especially on persons with disabilities and their organizations to ensure that the entire UN family makes good on the promise of this strategy. Together, we can raise awareness and remove barriers. Together, with persons with disabilities as agents of change, we can build an inclusive, accessible and sustainable world.”
6.Various shots, General Assembly
7.Wide shot, Buntan walking to the podium
8.SOUNDBITE (English) Monthian Buntan, Acting Chair, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:
“Persons with disabilities face significant barriers to participate in society. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, however, has a huge potential to contribute to changing attitudes about disabilities, changing environments, changing lives, in short, changing the world.”
9.Various shots, General Assembly
10.SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Catalina Devandas, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:
“I wish to issue an appeal to States to particularly politically and financially support the implementation of the Strategy. It is a positive form of investment to strength the capacities of the United Nations system so that it will allow us to afford greater support to national efforts, to ensure that persons with disabilities can enjoy their rights on the ground.”
11.Various shots, General Assembly Hall
12.SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Maria Soledad Cisternas, Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, United Nations:
“This prompts us to think about smart cities, technical-minded cities that we all talk about today. However, this technology involved in smart cities must be fully accessible and must be adapted to the users’ needs so that the digital gap can be closed. We, the people with disabilities don’t want more barriers. When we talk about accessibilities, we are talking about rights, not favors. And consequently when a smart city provide full accessibility and ensure capacity building for people with disabilities, only then it is a smart city, otherwise the smart city is not smart if it leaves people with disabilities behind.”
13.Various shots, General Assembly Hall
STORYLINE
UN Chief António Guterres said, “disability inclusion is a fundamental human right. When we fight to secure those rights, we move our world closer to upholding the core values and principles of the United Nations Charter.”

Speaking at the opening of the conference on the Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities today (11 Jun), UN Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated that disability inclusion is “central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.”

He said, “when we remove policies or biases or obstacles to opportunity for persons with disabilities, the whole world benefits.”

Guterres also announced the launch of the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy. He noted that it is not a strategy of words, but a a strategy of action. It aims to raise the standards of the UN’s performance on disability inclusion across the board, and action to bring about the unified and transformative change the world needs.

The UN chief reiterated that he wants the Organization to be fully accessible for one and all.

He said, “I count on the strong support of Member States as we move this Strategy forward. And I count especially on persons with disabilities and their organizations to ensure that the entire UN family makes good on the promise of this strategy.”

Guterres stated, “together, we can raise awareness and remove barriers. Together, with persons with disabilities as agents of change, we can build an inclusive, accessible and sustainable world.”

Monthian Buntan, the Acting Chair of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities told delegates that persons with disabilities face significant barriers to participate in society.

He said, “the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, however, has a huge potential to contribute to changing attitudes about disabilities, changing environments, changing lives, in short, changing the world.”

Catalina Devandas, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities made an appeal to States to “particularly politically and financially support the implementation of the Strategy.”

Devandas said, “it is a positive form of investment to strength the capacities of the United Nations system so that it will allow us to afford greater support to national efforts, to ensure that persons with disabilities can enjoy their rights on the ground.”

Also addressing the delegates, Maria Soledad Cisternas, the Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility said that “technology involved in smart cities must be fully accessible and must be adapted to the users’ needs so that the digital gap can be closed.”

Cisternas reiterated, “we, the people with disabilities don’t want more barriers. When we talk about accessibilities, we are talking about rights, not favors. And consequently when a smart city provide full accessibility and ensure capacity building for people with disabilities, only then it is a smart city, otherwise the smart city is not smart if it leaves people with disabilities behind.”

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted by the General Assembly by its resolution 61/106 of 13 December 2006. It came into force on 3 May 2008 upon the 20th ratification. Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that “The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.” Since 2008, ten sessions of the Conference of States Parties have been held at United Nations Headquarters, New York.

The 12th session takes place at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, from 11 to 13 June 2019.
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