UN Ambassador Rice Signs Convention on the Disabled

On Thursday, July 30th, the U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on behalf of the United States. The Convention adopts a rights-based approach to the disabled which emphasizes fundamental freedoms and full incorporation into society. Called “the first human rights treaty of the 21st century”, it represents a sea-change in attitude toward the disabled on the part of the developing and less developed states where over 80% of the world’s disabled population resides. When the treaty was opened for signature on 3/30/2007, it received the highest number of signatures ever recorded in one day for a U.N. convention (82). The treaty will now be sent to the Senate for its advice and consent.

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