The Lame Duck Congress session has begun and with it brings a host of questions about several issues for which CEC advocates. When Congress last visited this issue in July, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to send the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) to the full Senate for a vote. CEC attended this mark-up which was featured on our Policy Insider blog here.
As Policy Insider readers also know, CEC’s Associate Executive Director for Policy and Advocacy, Deborah Ziegler, Ed.D, attended the fifth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) September 12-14 at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City, New York.
The conference focused on women and children with disabilities with representatives from various attending nations presenting on subjects such as children with disabilities, assistive technology, implementation of the CRPD, and participation of persons with disabilities in the process of developing post-2015 humanitarian goals. This conference also served as an opportunity for the United Nations to recognize the role of civil service and NGO participation in implementation of the CRPD and in advocating for persons with disabilities. On Wednesday, September 12 the UN accepted 10 applications for accreditation, including an application from CEC which was approved by the committee.
CEC thanks all of you for your continued advocacy on this issue. It is possible that the UNCRPD will come to the floor of the Senate in November or December. This summer CEC’s CAN Network has done targeted advocacy in a few states where it is not clear if there is Senate support. In order to ratify the UNCRPD in the Senate, we need a supermajority of 60 votes. Please show your support for the ratification of the UNCRPD by sending a letter NOW to your Senators via CEC’s Legislative Action Center. And stay tuned for more opportunities for advocacy on this issue. For more information, please see the CEC’s Issue Brief or UN Enable website.