photo_from_glavred.jpg3 December 2009. Kyiv, Ukraine - The Government will send the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the Verkhovna Rada [parliament] for further ratification. This was announced by Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko at a special ad-hoc Government’s sitting, dedicated to finding solutions to the problems faced by the people with disabilities in Ukraine on 3 December. UNDP Resident Representative Olivier Adam attended the sitting and delivered a keynote address.
photo_from_glavred.jpg3 December 2009. Kyiv, Ukraine - The Government will send the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the Verkhovna Rada [parliament] for further ratification. This was announced by Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko at a special ad-hoc Government’s sitting, dedicated to finding solutions to the problems faced by the people with disabilities in Ukraine on 3 December. UNDP Resident Representative Olivier Adam attended the sitting and delivered a keynote address.
photo_from_glavred.jpg3 December 2009. Kyiv, Ukraine - The Government will send the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the Verkhovna Rada [parliament] for further ratification. This was announced by Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko at a special ad-hoc Government’s sitting, dedicated to finding solutions to the problems faced by the people with disabilities in Ukraine on 3 December. UNDP Resident Representative Olivier Adam attended the sitting and delivered a keynote address.

“The UN Convention is the kind of a comprehensive document which accumulates the world’s best experience regulating how to achieve best results in this important field,” Tymoshenko said.

The Prime Minister expressed her confidence that following Ukraine’s signature and acceptance of the Convention, it would be ratified by the end of this year. “We are on a right track and time framework, enabling us to complete the needed steps”.

“Our government team doesn’t act just from one International Day for Persons with disabilities to another. We work to implement this agenda every day,” she added.

In his turn, Olivier Adam, UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine, said that the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the 64th United Nations General Assembly in December 2006 was the result of many years of dedication and hard work by the United Nations and its Member States, persons with disabilities and their organizations to respond to the long history of discrimination, exclusion and dehumanization suffered by persons with disabilities.

Today as we are celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities whose theme is “Making the MDGs Inclusive: empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world", it gives us the chance to make a renewed commitment that persons with disabilities will be free of inequalities and injustices.

Around 10 per cent of the world's population, or 650 million people, live with a disability. They are the world's largest minority. And 80 per cent of persons with disabilities live in developing countries, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP) data.

“The Convention ensures that the world’s largest minority enjoys the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. It covers the many areas where persons with disabilities have been discriminated against including: access to justice; participation in political and public life; education; employment; freedom from torture, exploitation and violence, as well as, freedom of movement,” he added.

In Adam’s words, legislation alone is not enough to ensure the enjoyment of human rights by persons with disabilities.

"We must work towards policies, programmes, and practices that will translate the rights of the Convention into practices which will result in actual improvements in the lives of persons with disabilities and ensure their equal enjoyment of rights,” he concluded.

Moreover, UNDP is helping the government introduce a better employment model for the persons with disabilities, making the whole process a more transparent one.

The government plans to introduce some strict control measures monitoring how national employers adhere to the laws on obligatory employment of the persons with disabilities.

In Tymoshenko’s words, later on the 3 December the government was to adopt a special resolution strengthening state control over the legislative norms that guarantee jobs for persons with disabilities. The Prime Minister said that the new resolution would increase fines for disobedient employers.

“These special fines allowed us create 8,000 new jobs, while our task is to create at least 12,000 new jobs by 2012. We will be able to exceed this number,
” the Prime Minister said.

Tymoshenko pointed out that having a job is very important for persons with disabilities, as they would feel themselves as active members of society: “When they have a job, it, definitely, helps them cope with their lives a lot better”.

In addition, the meeting participants agreed that creating decent conditions to provide free movement facilities for the persons with disabilities should be one of the key tasks for Ukrainian government.

Source: Press Service of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

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