Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


NZ leads UN to new disabilities treaty

Rt Hon Winston Peters
Minister of Foreign Affairs

Hon Ruth Dyson
Minister for Disability Issues

14 December 2006

Media statement

NZ leads UN to new treaty for people with disabilities

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which New Zealand played a leading role in finalising, was adopted by the United Nations today, said Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Disability Issues Minister Ruth Dyson.

"This is the first, new, comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st Century, and New Zealand can be proud of the leadership role it provided throughout the five years of negotiations," Mr Peters said.

“Many disabled people around the world still face overwhelming obstacles to their day-to-day participation in society. Many are also victims of violence and exploitation. The new treaty will lead to a major shift in how governments treat people with impairments," said Ruth Dyson.

Ms Dyson noted that New Zealand was one of the few delegations to have disabled members and they played a major role in raising the Convention's standards. New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Don MacKay, chaired the difficult concluding sessions of the negotiations, and successfully steered delegates towards agreement on many previously unresolved issues just as time was running out.

“States and disabilities organisations have worked together since 2001 to get a worthy and comprehensive outcome. It is a process that will set the benchmark for future standards and action," said Mr Peters.

“We are confident that the end product is worthy of the intensive resource committed to it. We now need to turn this effort into practical reality and ensure the Convention is made to work effectively for disabled people,” Ruth Dyson said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election