More than 800 representatives and organizations of persons with disabilities converged in New York City on September 23 for a United Nations General Assembly meeting devoted to disability-inclusive development.
“We must further strengthen the international normative framework on disability and development,” Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the assembly, according to a UN news release. “We must act now to remove barriers to access to physical environments, transportation and information and communications. And we must not only lift the physical barriers – but also the barriers in attitudes that fuel stigma and discrimination.”
A vote to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which has been ratified by well more than 100 nations worldwide, was narrowly defeated in the U.S. Senate in December 2012. The vote was 61 to 38 in support of the treaty, falling short of the two-third threshold for ratification.