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Working Group on a Convention

The Working Group established by the Ad Hoc Committee will meet from 5 to 16 January 2004 to draft a text of an international convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.




After its second meeting in June 2003, the Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities decided (see Report of the Ad hoc Committee, A/58/118 for the complete text of the decision) to establish a Working Group with the aim of preparing and presenting a draft text of a convention, which would be the basis for negotiation by Member States. The Group would take into account all previous contributions submitted to the Ad Hoc Committee by States, observers, regional meetings, relevant United Nations bodies, entities and agencies, regional commissions and intergovernmental organizations, as well as civil society including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), national disability and human rights institutions and independent experts. The decision also provided the composition of the Group which would include non-governmental organizations (NGOs), especially organizations of persons with disabilities and from all regions. The Working Group will have a ten day meeting from 5 to 16 January 2004 and will present the outcome of its work on a draft text to the Ad Hoc Committee at its third session.


Governments (27)

    Asia (7)

    Africa (7)

    Latin America and the Caribbean (5)

    Western Europe and other (5)

    Eastern Europe (3)

Non-governmental organizations (12)

National Human Rights Institutions (1)

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