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PWD President Heidi Forrest (centre), CEO Alastair McEwin (right), and former CEO Phillip French at the Convention meeting in early 2006PWD President Heidi Forrest (centre), CEO Alastair McEwin (right) and former CEO Phillip French
at the Convention meeting in early 2006

 Eighth Session of the Ad Hoc Committee 14-25 August 2006

The International Convention on the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities was a landmark achievement documenting the human rights of people with disability across all UN member states.

When the Ad Hoc Committee met New York to discuss and debate a delegation from PWD attended the Eighth Session. PWD prepared a Briefing Paper - Report on Consultations with PWD Members and Stakeholders (Word 677kb) on issues under discussion at the Eighth Session, based on consultations with members and interested stakeholders. Disabled Peoples' International - www.dpi.org compiled daily summaries of the progress of the Eighth Session of the Ad Hoc Committee.

 Seventh Session of the Ad Hoc Committee 16 January to 3 February 2006

The seventh session of the Ad Hoc Committee was held in New York on 16 January to 3 February 2006. PWD and the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) participated in the Ad Hoc Committee meeting by making statements (called interventions) to the Ad Hoc Committee.

 Sixth Session of the Ad Hoc Committee 1-12 August 2005

The Sixth Session of the Ad Hoc Committee was held from 1 to 12 August 2005 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. PWD and NACLAC made some interventions at the Seventh Session of the Ad Hoc Committee.

 Fifth Session of the Ad Hoc Committee 24 January to 4 February 2005

The Fifth Session of the Ad Hoc Committee was held from 24 January to 4 February 2005 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Two media articles reported the developments:

 Fourth Session of the Ad Hoc Committee 23 August to 3 September 2004

The Fourth Session of the Ad Hoc Committee was held from 23 August to 3 September 2004 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The following interventions were made:

 Third Session of the Ad Hoc Committee 24 May to 4 June 2004

The Third Session of the Ad Hoc Committee was held from 24 May to 4 June 2004 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

 2003: First and Second Ad Hoc Committee Sessions

The UN General Assembly established an “Ad Hoc Committee” to develop the draft convention and present it back to the General Assembly for adoption. All member states of the United Nations had an automatic right to participate in this Ad Hoc Committee and Australia joined about 160 countries in this process.

The second session of the Ad Hoc Committee was held on 16-27 June 2003.  Background information on this session is available at un.org/esa/socdev/enable/rights/adhoc2meet.htm

At the second session of the Ad Hoc Committee it was decided to set up a Working Group to prepare a draft Convention to be used for discussion and negotiation by the Ad Hoc Committee. Background information on the Working Group is available at un.org/esa/socdev/enable/rights/ahcwgreport.htm

The first session of the Ad Hoc Committee was held on 29 July-2 August 2002.  Background information on this meeting was available at www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/rights/adhocmeet.htm

A draft of the Convention (called the Draft Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities) is still available at un.org/esa/socdev/enable/rights/ahcwgreportax1.htm

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