Tuesday, July 28, 2009
U.S. President Barack Obama announced last week that he had instructed Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, to sign the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Click here to read more.
The Disability Convention already has been signed by 140 nations and has been ratified by 60 nations. (The most recent ratifications were those of Georgia and Burkina Faso in July 2009). The Convention (and an Optional Protocol) entered into force in May 2008. Once signed, the Disability Convention must be submitted to the U.S. Senate where it must be ratified by a 2/3 vote. Click here to read more about the Disability Convention, Optional Protocol, and an upcoming September Conference of State Parties.