Zambia has been elected as one of the four Vice Presidents of the United Nations Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
According to a statement issued to the media by First Secretary Press at the Permanent Mission of Zambia to the United Nations, Wallen Simwaka, as Vice President, Zambia will represent the African Group in New York, in the Bureau of the Conference of State Parties for the period 2021-2022.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international human rights treaty of the United Nations intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. It was adopted by the General Assembly on December 13th, 2006 and subsequently came into force on May 3rd, 2008. State Parties to the Convention are required to promote, protect, and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by persons with disabilities and ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy full equality under the law.
The Convention serves as a major catalyst for the global disability rights movement enabling a shift from viewing persons with disabilities as objects of charity or medical treatment and social protection to viewing them as full and equal members of society, with human rights. The Convention follows decades of work by the United Nations to change attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities.