Disabilities and rehabilitation

World Bank workshop on "The Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities: opportunities for international development agencies"

On 28 June a half-day workshop entitled "The Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities: opportunities for international development agencies" was held at the World Bank in Washington, DC, USA. The goal was to discuss the role of development agencies in the implementation of the newly adopted Convention. The meeting was opened by Dr Joy Phumaphi, Vice President, Human Development Network, and Ms Ana Palacio, Vice President Legal Department, World Bank. The Ambassador of Ecuador, former Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee, also gave opening remarks. Participants included WB, OHCHR, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNDESA, FAO, ILO, DFID, Yale University, USAID and WHO. During the meeting participants highlighted their current plans. UNDESA will create an interagency working group to coordinate the implementation of the Convention. It will also work on the accessibility of UN buildings and access to UN jobs for people with disabilities. ILO echoed that it is reviewing its recruitment procedures. Director VIP highlighted WHO plans, including the World report on disability and rehabilitation being produced jointly with the World Bank, the "how to" guidelines on implementing community-based rehabilitation and producing wheelchairs.

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