Yesterday, the rights of people with disabilities were discussed during the third Committee of the UN’s General Assembly. The United Nation’s data shows that there are one billion people (15 percent of world’s population) who live with disabilities. This was the main topic of yesterday’s event which was held at the headquarters of the United Nations after a relative initiative of the Permanent Mission of Greece to the UN. Representatives of the European Union and other organizations that are protecting the rights of persons with disabilities were also present at the debate.
Keynote speakers of the event were the H.E Ambassador Michel Spinellis, the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović; the Greek Ioannis Vardakastanis, who is the of the European Disability Forum and president of the NCDP Greece, as well as the EU Head of delegation to the UN, Thomas Mayr Harting.
All the keynote speakers underlined how important it is for the UN to ensure that the rights of persons with disabilities will be included in the post-2015 agenda.
In addition, they highlighted that further measures must be taken to protect the rights of the people living with disabilities and to make them feel like active members of their societies.