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The Disability Convention - provide your comments on the Government's report to the UN

Every government that has ratified the Disability Convention has to provide regular progress reporting to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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We are seeking feedback on the Government’s draft report to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 

Follow this link to read or download a Word version of the report, which is suitable for screen readers [DOCX, 211 KB].

Please provide any comments on the draft report by 9 November 2018 by emailing odi@msd.govt.nz with the subject line: UN review.

What is the report?

The report provides a picture of what has been done to implement the Disability Convention over the past 4 years, since our first review by the UN Committee. The report responds directly to the questions asked by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in their ‘List of Issues’ which you can read about here: https://www.odi.govt.nz/whats-happening/list-of-100-issues/ .

Lots of government agencies have provided answers for the report. The Office for Disability Issues is responsible for collating the report and feedback.

Next steps

We will consider your feedback before finalising the report and submitting it to the UN Committee by 9 March 2019.

The report will require approval by the Minister for Disability Issues, and other Ministers as necessary, before it is submitted. After this, the UN Committee will examine our report (date not yet confirmed) and ask questions of the New Zealand Government.

Are there any more opportunities to provide feedback?

The Human Rights Commission is part of the Independent Monitoring Mechanism (along with the Office of the Ombudsman and the Disabled Persons Coalition) under the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The IMM will be delivering a submission to the United Nations Committee in 2019. There will be public consultations that will inform that submission. Updates and opportunities can be found through the Human Rights Commission website here: https://consultation.hrc.co.nz/disability-convention .

 

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