The International Development Committee of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) invites disability rights advocates and human rights advocates to join us for an on-line discussion about the proposed UN Convention to Protect and Promote the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Last year, Mary
Ennis, CCD Vice-Chair, and International Development Committee Member,
conducted an on-line consultation for women with disabilities about how
the proposed Convention should address gender. During this consultation,
participants expressed a preference for the Convention to address the
issues of women with disabilities in both a separate article and throughout
the various articles of the convention, where appropriate. This approach
has been supported by the Canadian delegation at the Ad Hoc Meetings,
and at present, all indications are that
This year, Steven
Estey, Chairperson of our International Development Committee will
conduct another on-line consultation about the Convention. This year,
we will be using Dis-ITs ACollab, an accessible
The consultation will provide an opportunity to dialogue more generally with others who are interested in the development of the United Nations first international convention specifically addressing human rights and people with disabilities.
During this on-line consultation, participants will be taking a final look at some of the key the Articles which remain on the negotiation agenda for the next meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee.
At the last Ad Hoc
Committee meeting, members concluded a full reading of the Chairs
Text, and reached broad agreement on the essential content of many of
the articles. At the close of the meeting on February 3rd 2006,
Ambassador MacKay stated:
The focus of the on-line consultation will be in two key areas where issues remain, and where CCD hopes that Canadian input can be of assistance to the overall process in the final stages of negotiation.
The on-line consultation will operate in a manner similar to CCDs face-to-face meetings on the Convention. We will provide documentation in advance, a brief summary of key issues and questions will be used to kick off the on-line discussion, which will be set for a fixed period of time (likely 2 or 3 days). Following this, a brief summary of the discussion will be issued, and the group will move on to the next area of deliberation.
In past CCD has conducted face to face consultations and this on-line effort is an attempt to broaden the discussion and allow more people to be involved.
If you would like to participate please reply to this email by Friday May 5, 2006 and we will send you the details of how to be involved. (Send email to Steve Estey firstname.lastname@example.org)
Finally, we would like to note our appreciation for the support of the Dis-It Research Alliance, which is sharing its web-based discussion technology with us for this forum. The Dis-It Research Alliance will show case its research at a conference in October and participants are encouraged to check out the projects web site to learn more about the exciting and challenging working being done on information and communication technologies by this group.
We hope you will be on-line with us when the discussion begins.
The CCD International Development Committee
Agenda for the online forum: