Implementing the UNCRPD

In addition to the formal guidelines to producing the UNCRPD Monitoring Report and the Council of Europe Strategy, a number of more informal guidelines are available to support and facilitate the implementation of the UNCRPD. One is a handbook produced by the Secretariat of the UNCRPD directed at parliamentarians, the Handbook for Parliamentarians on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The first recommendation here is therefore as follows: Governments should ensure that all relevant staff and others involved in the monitoring and implementation of the UNCRPD have access to the content of these guidelines, and as much as is practicable adhere to them. The other, produced by

the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, is directed at human rights monitors. It is designed to: …assist those engaged in human rights monitoring to effectively include the perspective of persons with disabilities in their activities, by not only integrating persons with disabilities in general monitoring work, but also by paying specific attention to monitoring the situation and enjoyment of rights by persons with disabilities where required. Monitoring the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Guidance for human rights monitors Professional training series No. 17. NGOs involved with people with disabilities should ensure the widespread dissemination of this document among themselves, but also amongst others involved, and use it where appropriate. It is vital that government and appropriate ministries establishing the processes for implementing and monitoring the Convention are using international best practices, with full sensitivity to local circumstances, in terms of consultation and transparency. Anything less, in the somewhat fraught context of many countries, will yield less than optimal results, and ultimately put obstacles in the way of implementing the UNCRPD.

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