Tal vid the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, New York

Statssekreterare Pernilla Baralt talade vid konferensen om rättigheter för personer med funktionsnedsättning i New York. Det talade ordet gäller.

Thank you chair,

I would like to start by thanking the Secretariat for the preparations for this conference with a very interesting and highly-relevant theme and sub-themes for the Panels. I also want to thank representatives for the Civil Society for your presence here today.           

The full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by persons with disabilities is the purpose of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I welcome this opportunity to take part in the discussions at this Conference and describe our strivings to achieve the important goals of the Convention.

Sweden submitted its first report on the implementation of the Convention to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2011 and we had our first dialogue with the Committee in April 2014. We found the dialogue with the Committee very inspiring and fruitful and consider the Concluding Observations an important contribution.

The Swedish Government attaches a great importance to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and we are presently initiating the preparations for a new disability strategy that will follow our present strategy. In our view, the disability policy in Sweden must be founded on the Convention. The recommendations from the Committee will therefore be considered within this process and be important in the shaping of our future disability strategy.

The Government has also decided on concrete measures based upon the recommendations from the Committee. The Swedish Agency for Participation, present here today, has been assigned to launch an information campaign on The Rights of Persons with Disabilities with the purpose to prevent discrimination.

Let me express it like this: In the absence of mental accessibility, physical accessibility will not be sufficient to ensure persons with disabilities their full enjoyment of human rights. We need “mental ramps” to accompany the physical ones.

The Government points out the right to work on an equal basis with others according to article 27 in the Convention, as an area of special concern. Work is key to inclusion and participation in society.

I want to continue by recalling the commitments made in the Outcome document from the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Development and Disability in September 2013. We will especially call attention to the part which implies the importance of closely involving persons with disabilities in the elaboration, implementation and monitoring of the emerging post-2015 development agenda.

The new agenda must achieve results for all, at all levels and it must increase accountability. No one should be left behind. We must be able to assess needs and analyse barriers. We must be able to measure progress and alert challenges.

For this, we need a coherent framework for monitoring. Statistical data, disaggregated on i.e. disability and gender must be in place to address the needs of women, men, boys and girls with disabilities. Let us discuss the coming days how to find concrete measures on further developments with the goal to ensure equal access to rights for all persons with disabilities. We need concrete results.

Finally I would like to recall the new mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities by the Human Rights Council. Sweden welcomes the engagement of the Special Rapporteur Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar in the process leading to the establishment of a new international development agenda beyond 2015.

Sweden looks forward to the United Nations High Level Meeting on Sustainable Development Goals in September and wants to underline the importance of a disability-inclusive preparatory process, with the aim to realize a disability-inclusive development agenda beyond 2015.

The implementation and monitoring of the post-2015 development agenda needs to go hand in hand with the implementation and monitoring of the CRPD.

I thank you.