Launch of handbook for the new Convention …

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From: HREA the Human Rights Education Associates, and their Newsletter.
Date: 09/10/2007

Download: Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Preamble, articles 1 – 50 (the Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish texts of the present Convention shall be equally authentic.
In witness thereof the undersigned plenipotentiaries, being duly authorized thereto by their respective Governments, have signed the present Convention.)

8 October 2007 – The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) today launched a handbook on the newly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol, aimed at raising the awareness of this new legal instrument among parliamentarians. The handbook will particularly enable legislators to become more familiar with the Convention and provide them with the tools to facilitate its ratification and subsequent implementation …

… Established in 1889 and with its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the IPU – the oldest multilateral political organization in the world – currently brings together 147 affiliated parliaments and seven associated regional assemblies. The world organization of parliaments has an Office in New York, which acts as its Permanent Observer to the United Nations.

The Office of the High Commissioner is the principal United Nations department responsible for United Nations human rights activities. It is mandated to promote and protect all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

The main development department of the United Nations, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) works on a wide range of economic, social and environmental issues, with the core mission of promoting development for all. (See also ECOSOC).


  • IPU: Ms. Luisa Ballin, IPU Information Officer. Tel.: +41 22 919 41 16. IPU website.
  • OHCHR: Mr. Yvon Edoumou, Information Officer. Tel. +41 22 917 9383. OHCHR website.
  • UN: Mr. Edoardo Bellando, Information Officer. Tel. +1 212 963 8275. UN website.

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