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Statement by

Thordur Sigtryggsson

ICELAND

 

Annual Inter-Active Debate on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

 

Mr. President, distinguished panel members

We welcome this important debate on the rights of persons with disabilities, and thank the panellists for their presentations.

My Delegation is particularly proud to contribute to the discussion following our ratification of the Convention last autumn – becoming the 167th UN Member State to do so.  

Despite our recent ratification, however, we’re not starting from scratch. A lot has been achieved in Iceland over the past years, including improvements in the employment situation of people with disabilities and increased access to the open labor market.

We are confident that the ratification will further activate projects related to awareness-raising, training and education.

Iceland is fully aware that a lot more will need to be done. The ratification of the Convention is not the end but the beginning of the process towards a truly inclusive and accessible society for everyone. That also means implementing the decision of the Parliament to ratify the Optional Protocol by the end of this year.

We are keen to learn from the experience of others in implementing the critically important article 5 of the Convention on equality and non-discrimination.

To the Panelists, what would be your advice to a country like ours that has recently ratified the Convention in terms of implementing article 5 of the Convention? And what missteps should we avoid?

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