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Zambia elected Vice-President of UN Disability Rights body

General News Zambia elected Vice-President of UN Disability Rights body

Zambia has been elected as one of the four Vice Presidents of the United Nations Conference of the State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

As Vice President, Zambia will represent the African Group in New York, in the Bureau of the Conference of the State Parties for the period 2021-2022.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international human rights treaty of the United Nations intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. It was adopted by the general Assembly on December 13th, 2006 and subsequently came into force on May 3rd, 2008.

State Parties to the Convention are required to promote, protect, and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by persons with disabilities and ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy full equality under the law.

The Convention serves as a major catalyst in the global disability rights movement enabling a shift from viewing persons with disabilities as objects of charity or medical treatment and social protection to viewing them as full and equal members of society, with human rights.

The Convention follows decades of work by the United Nations to change attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities. The Convention is intended as a human rights instrument with an explicit, social development dimension.

In accordance with Article 40 of the Convention which states that “The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties (COSP) in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.” Sessions of the Conference of the State Parties have been held in New York at the United Nations Headquarters since 2008

The 14th Session of the Conference of States Parties is scheduled to take from 15th to 17th June, 2021, this year at the United Nations Headquarters. The over-arching theme of the 14th Conference is ” Building back better: COVID-19 response and recovery; Meeting the needs, Realizing the rights and Addressing the socio-economic impacts on persons with disabilities”.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Zambia is promoting the rights of people with disabilities??? Ever tried travelling by wheelchair even on Cairo Road? Zambia has never done anything for people with disabilities! And now this Zambian diplomat is vice president in the UN? What a joke!

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  2. I am crying tears of joy reading about this. This is good news. Meanwhile it was hh who was discriminating against the disabled if you remember when they protested against him the other year.

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  3. THIS IS ALL CRAP. AFRICA WANTS TO BE A MEMBER OF THE UN PERMANENT SECURITY COUNCIL. WHAT DO THESE WHITE PEOPLE HIDE FROM AFRICANS. WE HAVE VERY HIGH SUSPICIONS THAT THE UN HAS NO INTEREST IN THE AFRICAN SECURITY APART FROM THEIRS. THEY ONLY HAVE INTERESTING IN AFRICA PROVIDING SECURITYNATURAL RESOURCES FOR THEIR SECURITIES OF THEIR NATIONS. ALL THOSE POSITIONS FOR AFRICANS IN THE UN ARE BUT SUGAR COATINGS. AFRICA- WAKE UP.

  4. ‘ARE SUGAR COATINGS I MEANT IN ABOVE’
    THIS IS ALL CRAP. AFRICA WANTS TO BE A MEMBER OF THE UN PERMANENT SECURITY COUNCIL. WHAT DO THESE WHITE PEOPLE HIDE FROM AFRICANS. WE HAVE VERY HIGH SUSPICIONS THAT THE UN HAS NO INTEREST IN THE AFRICAN SECURITY APART FROM THEIRS. THEY ONLY HAVE INTERESTING IN AFRICA PROVIDING SECURITYNATURAL RESOURCES FOR THEIR SECURITIES OF THEIR NATIONS. ALL THOSE POSITIONS FOR AFRICANS IN THE UN ARE SUGAR COATINGS. AFRICA- WAKE UP.

  5. Iyeee….ba LT……chizungu please.. Is it Zambia or Zambian who has been elected?
    Furthermore, why is he not named? The fact that he has been elected, he must be doing well, but why not name him? I want to congratulate him by name and not as a Zambian.

  6. Why are you crying? What benefit will this be for PWDs? Currently, Zambia has done nothing to address the plight of PWDs. The environment is more disabling than the condition it self. Disability in Zambia is synonymous with poverty. We live by the grace of God. All this is just rhetoric as far as I’m concerned.

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