Caption: Mr. Alexandre Cote – Capacity building coordinator of the International Disability Alliance. Photo: SUPPLIED.
Inclusive and comprehensive understanding of the United Nation Convention On the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was the focus of discussion at the Pacific Disability Forum and International Disability Alliance consultation Workshop at the Suva Holiday Inn this morning.
Mr Gabor Gombos, a former UN CRPD Committee Member explained the convention articles to enhance understanding among partners on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), through an interactive presentation of the concluding observation of the UN CRPD Committee to countries reviewed so far.
Mr. Alexandre Cote, Capacity building coordinator of the International Disability Alliance shared some of the challenges with regards to inclusive understanding and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
“The CRPD is a comprehensive human rights instrument addressing a broad range of issues and covering a diversity of persons with disabilities. Few Disabled Persons Organisations, activists, policy makers and Public administration staff have a comprehensive understanding of the CRPD and its full shift of paradigms.”
“This leads to a partial take on the CRPD in most advanced disability movements, which contributes to advocacy and policy that might not be CRPD compliances.”
It was also be an opportunity to exchange on the guiding elements for compliance of policies and program with CRPD across sectors and their representative organisations.
The half day consultation was attended by key agencies involved in progressing disability initiatives in Fiji and within the Pacific.