Highlighting the fact that the majority of persons with disabilities live in conditions
of poverty and, in this regard, recognizing the critical need to address the negative impact
of poverty on persons with disabilities, bearing in mind that an estimated 80 per cent of
persons with disabilities live in developing countries, including least developed countries,
Recognizing the importance of international cooperation and its promotion in
support of national efforts for the realization of the purpose and objectives of the
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, including for improving the living
conditions of persons with disabilities in all countries, particularly developing countries and
including least developed countries,
Emphasizing the role of relevant national data collection in the effective
implementation of the Convention,
Conscious of the added value of collecting and sharing information and experiences
on national implementation,
Welcomes the fact that, to date, one hundred and forty-four States and one
regional integration organization have signed and eighty-three ratified the Convention on
the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and that eighty-eight have signed and fifty-two have
ratified the Optional Protocol, and calls upon those States and regional integration
organizations that have not yet ratified or acceded to the Convention and the Optional
Protocol to consider doing so as a matter of priority;
Encourages States that have ratified the Convention and have submitted one
or more reservations to the Convention to implement a process to review regularly the
effect and continued relevance of such reservations, and to consider the possibility of
withdrawing them;
Welcomes the thematic study on the structure and role of national
mechanisms in the implementation and monitoring of the Convention, prepared by the
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (A/HRC/13/29), and
calls upon all stakeholders to consider the findings and recommendations of the study;
Reaffirms the important role that national monitoring mechanisms, including
independent mechanisms such as national human rights institutions, play in protecting and
promoting the rights of persons with disabilities;
Encourages all States to maintain or establish appropriate domestic
frameworks and mechanisms to effectively protect and promote the rights of persons with
Calls upon States parties to the Convention, when maintaining,
strengthening, designating or establishing domestic mechanisms and frameworks for the
implementation and monitoring of the Convention, to take the opportunity to review and
strengthen existing structures for the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with
disabilities, including by ensuring that:
Governmental focal points and, where established, coordination mechanisms
for the implementation of the Convention have an appropriate mandate that fully enables
them to develop, coordinate and carry out a coherent strategy for the domestic
implementation of the Convention;
Coordination mechanisms within Government, where established, include
representatives from relevant Government agencies, and that such mechanisms and/or focal
points consult closely with and actively involve civil society, in particular organizations of
persons with disabilities;


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