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Update: Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities & Proposed World Intellectual Property Organization Treaty

Cynthia D. Waddell, Juris Doctor
Executive Director
Law, Policy and Technology Subject Matter Expert
International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI)

Contact Information
E-mail: Cynthia.Waddell@icdri.org


 

CSUN 2010 San Diego, CA   USA

March 22- 27, 2010     Copyright 2010

 

1. Overview

  • UNCRPD

    • Update on Signatories/Ratifications

    • Monitoring Committee and Resources

    • World Intellectual Property Organization Proposed Treaty

    • Background

    • Upcoming Meetings

2. UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  • Opened for Signature March 30, 2007

  • Entered into Legal Force May 3, 2008

  • General Assembly Resolution 61/106

    • United Nations System to Implement Standards & Guidelines for Accessible Facilities & Services

3.  UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  • US Signs 30 July 2009

  • Picture of Ambassador Susan Rice Signing on Behalf of the US with Valerie Jarrett, Senior Presidential Advisor, on Left

4.  UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  • 144 Signatories to Convention

  • 88 Signatories to Optional Protocol

  • 84 Ratifications of Convention

  • 52 Ratifications of Optional Protocol

5UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    [Photo of world showing same data as to State Parties who have signed and ratified]

6UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  • Convened by States Parties who have Ratified the Convention

  • Convened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations

  • Sessions Held in 2008 and 2009

  • Next Meeting to be Held in September 2010

7.   UNCRPD - Conference of States Parties

  • At 2009 Session, the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies & the Environments (GAATES) Presented at Side Event on Universal Design Of The Built Environment: Implementing And Monitoring The UN Convention

8.    UNCRPD- Monitoring Committee

  • Members Elected at First Conference of States Parties in 2008

  • Committee Adopted States Parties Reporting Guidelines 11/18/2009

  • Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights

9.    UNCRPD- Committee
        Functions:

  • Review Periodic Reports on Implementation from States Parties

  • Receive and Examine Individual Complaints under Optional Protocol

  • Undertake Inquiries of Grave & Systematic Violations

10.  Article 35: Reports by States Parties

  • Each State shall Submit a Comprehensive Report on Measures Taken to Meet Convention Obligations

  • First Reports Due in 2010

  • Reports Every 4 Years

11.  UNCRPD Resources

12.  UNCRPD Resources

  • Handbook for Parliamentarians on the Convention          

  • Available Free Online at  www.un.org/disabilities

13.  World Intellectual Property Organization

  • UN Agency based in Geneva

  • May 29, 2009 Treaty Proposal by Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay for Benefit of Persons with Visual Disabilities and Print Disabilities

14.  World Intellectual Property Organization

  • ICDRI Commented on US Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry

  • ICDRI joined 16 Organizations at Invitation of World Blind Union at December 2009 WIPO Meeting

15.  World Intellectual Property Organization

  • ICDRI Granted Accreditation at WIPO

  • [Photos of ICDRI seat at WIPO and US Dept of State Delegation]

16World Intellectual Property Organization

  • Other NGOs Present in Support

  • [Photo of NGOs at meeting]

17World Intellectual Property Organization

  • ICDRI Spoke at WIPO in Support of the Proposed Treaty

  • ICDRI’s Statement Posted at www.icdri.org Statement Drew Upon April 2009 Speech at the Houses of Parliament in London Concerning Kindle Having Turned off Text-to-Speech

18.  World Intellectual Property Organization

19. Contact Information

Cynthia D. Waddell, Juris Doctor

Executive Director and Law, Policy and Technology Subject Matter Expert

International Center for Disability Resources  on the Internet (ICDRI)

Cynthia.Waddell@icdri.org

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