2009. 10. 19.
Sweden is a European leader in the promotion of human rights: the government ratified the United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in December 2008, and the Swedish Presidency of the European Union is about to reach an agreement on the conclusion of the Convention by the European Community by the end of the year. It is the first time in its history that the European Community will accede to an international human rights treaty. This ratification is a strong signal sent to the Member States both to implement the UNCRPD at a national level and to recognize disability as a cross cutting issue.
Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum reminded the positive effect of the European Pact on Gender Equality adopted in 2006 and he stressed out: “The Disability Pact is meant to give a clear long term direction to disability policy at European level declined through the definition of strategic measures including legislation and objectives at EU and national level up to 2020”.
Following the recognition by the International Community of their human rights, persons with disabilities expect systematic improvements of their living conditions and respect for their equal rights in policymaking at all levels. EDF is eager to participate in the process of developing the Disability Pact. The implementation of the UNCRPD is a challenge for all stakeholders, and everyone will benefit from its adoption: the member States, the European Commission and 65 million persons with disabilities in Europe.