2020-09-08 | Re-thinking disability
Un resumen de mi mandato como Relatora Especial
El 31 de Agosto concluyó mi mandato como Relatora Especial sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad. Fue un verdadero privilegio el haber sido la primera experta en desempeñar este mandato. Lo que sigue es una reseña de estos seis extraordinarios años...
2020-08-31 | Re-thinking disability
An overview of my mandate as UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities
On Monday, 31 August 2020, I am ending my tenure as UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities. Being the first expert holding this mandate has been a wonderful privilege. Here's an overview of these extraordinary six years...
2020-03-31 | Socioeconomic inclusion
Covid 19 - Disability considerations
WHO and public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Certain populations, such as those with disability, may be impacted more significantly by COVID-19. Here are some key actiosn and protective measures to mitigate the impact of Covid 19.
2020-03-12 | Re-thinking disability
Call for proposals - Animation series on the rights of persons with disabilities
The International Disability Alliance invites animators and creative artists to submit proposals for a series of animations dedicated to the rights of persons with disabilities. Learn more...
2020-01-30 | Promoting Citizenship
Las tres áreas temáticas principales del mandato
En San Sebastián,Catalina explica las prioridades temáticas de su trabajo como Relatora Especial de Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad.
2019-10-31 | Re-thinking disability
Rethinking Power from a disability perspective at the TEDx Geneva
Lessons learned about how the most difficult barriers are not those in buildings, streets or the physical environment, but those emanating from a system of social values that deem persons with disabilities as less worthy and unable to lead meaningful lives.
2019-09-12 | Socioeconomic inclusion
UNDIS: the UN response to our demands for disability inclusion
The United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy, or UNDIS embodies UN's vision for disability inclusion. It involves commitments at the highest levels of the Organization, and it is a very important step to mainstreaming disability inclusion across the UN system and its work around the world.
2019-06-13 | Promoting Citizenship
UN Secretary General announces the UNDIS, a system-wide strategy for disability inclusion
In his opening remarks at the Conference of State Parties to the CRPD (CoSP12), the UN Secretary General offered an eloquent endorsement to the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy.
2019-06-04 | Promoting Citizenship
Poner fin a la tutela/curatela para no dejar a nadie atrás
El 12 de junio, en la sede de la ONU, la Misión Permanente de Costa Rica ante la ONU organizará un evento paralelo de CoSP para discutir los avances realizados por Costa Rica y Perú para implementar el Artículo 12 de la Convención sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, y garantizar la capacidad jurídica de las personas con discapacidad. Más...
2019-05-23 | Re-thinking disability
Ending guardianship to leave no one behind: the right to legal capacity of people with disabilities
On June 12, at the UN Head Quarters, the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the UN will host a CoSP Side event to discuss the advances made by Costa Rica and Peru to implement the Article 12 of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, to ensure the legal capacity of persons with disabilities. More...
2019-03-29 | Promoting Citizenship
Persons with disabilities locked away
In dialogue with Human Rights Watch, the Special Rapporteur analyses the deprivation of liberty of persons with disabilities around the world, and how the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities provides a roadmap for ensuring their fundamental rights.
2019-02-11 | Socioeconomic inclusion
Questionnaire: The rights of older persons with disabilities
The study aims to identify and address specific human rights concerns faced by both people with disabilities who are ageing and older persons who acquire a disability.
2019-02-08 | Re-thinking disability
Malawi: UN experts urge action over albinism ‘atrocities’ in run-up to elections
GENEVA (8 February 2019) – The Government of Malawi must take immediate action to protect people with albinism after the killing of one person and the separate abduction of a one-year-old baby, say UN experts.
2019-01-30 | Promoting Citizenship
The situation of persons with disabilities in Canada and Norway
The Special Rapporteur has accepted invitations by the governments of Canada and Norway to assess the situation of persons with disabilities, and the progress made by these countries in the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities.
2018-06-29 | Re-thinking disability
UN Secretary General: "We need comprehensive review of System's responses to disability"
In his opening remarks at the 11th UN Conference of State Parties to the CRPD, Mr. Guterrez endorsed the need for a new policy and accountability framework to guide the UN's support for the rights of persons with disabilities.
2018-06-05 | Re-thinking disability
Progress so far: an overview of the first 3 years of mandate
Ms. Devandas is in her 3rd year as UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities; a mandate she will hold until November 2020. This is a summary of the priorities and strategies established to advance the rights of persons with disabilities, and of the progress made.
2018-03-09 | Re-thinking disability
Progreso hasta hoy: un balance de los 3 primeros años de gestión
A tres años de su designación, Catalina Devandas está comenzando su segundo y último período como Relatora Especial de la ONU sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad. Para conmemorar la ocasión, su equipo elaboró un resumen de lo acontecido hasta el día de hoy, centrándose en las prioridades y estrategias que se establecieron al inicio del mandato, y el progreso realizado.
2018-02-22 | Re-thinking disability
Forced sterilization of young women and girls with disabilities is a crime, and must be eliminated
Protecting their right to decide over their body and sexuality is essential to end the violence, exploitation and abuse against women.
2017-09-21 | Promoting Citizenship
Kazakhstan has taken positive steps, but much more is needed
The positive steps to reform Kazakhstan’s social protection system and provide universal health coverage are a step in the right direction. But the government must improve inclusion in the areas of education, legal capacity and political participation, and put an end to institutionalization and involuntary treatment of persons with disabilities.
2017-06-29 | Socioeconomic inclusion
More and better information: a global priority for improving lives of persons with disabilities
A data collection tool becomes the centerpiece of a call for urgent action by 25 States at the United Nations Headquarters. The statement reflects a growing international concern about persons with disabilities being invisible in the monitoring of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
2017-04-27 | Re-thinking disability
UN disability rights expert announces first visit to North Korea
"A key opportunity to learn firsthand about national realities, laws, policies and programmes concerning persons with disabilities, and the challenges and opportunities the Government faces in implementing the CRPD"
2017-03-24 | Promoting Citizenship
"Existe una gran deuda con las personas con discapacidad"
En dialogo con el periódico costarricense La Nacion, la Relatora explica el mandato que recibio por parte del Consejo de Derechos Humanos de Naciones Unidas, y reflexiona acerca de los progresos alcanzados por el movimiento por los derechos de las personas con discapacidad y los desafios pendientes.
2017-03-03 | Promoting Citizenship
Panel Discussion on Equality and non-discrimination of persons with disabilities.
At the 34th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur paticipated in a panel discussion on Article 5 of the CRPD.
2016-12-13 | Re-thinking disability
2016 Social Forum: "All human life is precious and everyone is entitled to dignity"
The 2016 Social Forum took place from 3 to 5 October 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. This year's theme was the promotion and full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities.
2016-12-09 | Promoting Citizenship
Human rights under increasing attack worldwide
Today, the very notion of human rights is under increasing attack. So-called populist movements are invoking nationalism and traditionalism to justify racist, xenophobic, sexist, homophobic and other forms of blatant discrimination, taking advantage also of the difficulties of the current economic climate.
2016-12-02 | Socioeconomic inclusion
Development agenda at risk unless States honour political and financial commitments, UN experts warn
Governments must move from rhetoric to action and urgently honour their political and financial commitments to development, a group of United Nations human rights experts has said in a joint statement* marking the 30thanniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Right to Development by the UN General Assembly, on Sunday 4 December.
2016-10-26 | Socioeconomic inclusion
Times are changing: It's not just about benefiting, but contributing to development.
NEW YORK (26 October 2016) – States need to know how to ensure that persons with disabilities are both benefiting from and contributing to development, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Catalina Devandas Aguilar, told the UN General Assembly, today.
2016-09-12 | Re-thinking disability
Guide for reporting about People with Disabilities
Are you going to talk/write about people with disabilities? Know how to use your words!
The Global Alliance for Disability in Media and Entertainment,GADIM, was created to encourage action and partnerships that promote more authentic and inclusive representation of persons with disabilities in the media and entertainment.
2016-09-07 | Promoting Citizenship
Inclusive education vital for all, including persons with disabilities
“Inclusive education is important not only for persons with disabilities, but also for the societies they live in, as it helps to combat discrimination, and to promote diversity and participation.”
2016-09-07 | Socioeconomic inclusion
Improving support services for persons with disabilities in Africa
The regional meeting will bring together experts, policy makers and advocates from a dozen African countries, to explore support servicesfor persons with disabilities, with a focus on community-based experiences.
2016-08-30 | Socioeconomic inclusion
Women and girls with disabilities need empowerment, not pity, UN experts tell States
The Committee on the rights of persons with disabilities has issued new guidance for States on how they can promote the empowerment of women with disabilities to enable them to participate in all spheres of life on an equal basis with others.
2016-07-07 | Socioeconomic inclusion
Indigenous persons with disabilities: opportunities to advance their rights.
(GENEVA, July 9, 2016) - On July 7 and 8, leaders from organizations of persons with disabilities and of indigenous peoples participated in the first Expert Group Meeting on indigenous persons with disabilities. More...
2016-07-01 | Promoting Citizenship
UN Women statement on the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
UN Women recognizes the unique and intersecting challenges that women with disabilities face. This makes it all the more critical that women with disabilities are fully represented on panels, committees, human rights treaty bodies and across all areas of leadership so that their voices are heard.
2016-06-29 | Socioeconomic inclusion
“Who is it for?” – UN experts call for a New Urban Agenda based on human rights for every one.
If it is not aimed at improving the lives of those living in poverty, in appalling conditions in ever-growing informal settlements--the homeless, and other who often experience discrimination and exclusion, persons with disabilities, older persons, women, the internally displaced, minorities, indigenous peoples, migrants, and refugees– then we must ask, who is it for?
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