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Ambassador Chairs Task Force Group

In its first meeting, the Task Force looked at the pro­posed 2019 work plan which outlines priority areas re­lated to actions to address existing barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from fully participating in the work of the Council.
04 May 2019 01:18
Ambassador Chairs Task Force Group
Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan who has been appointed as the Chair of the UN Human Rights Council Task Force. Photo: DEPTFO News

The President of the Human Rights Council, Coly Seck, has appointed Fiji’s Permanent Representa­tive to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, as the Chair of the UN Human Rights Council Task Force on Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities.

This appointment as Chair of the Task Force is a testament to Fiji’s strong leadership at the global stage, as a Member of the United Nations Human Rights Council and its impor­tant role as the Vice-President of the Coun­cil. It also demonstrates the recognition of Fiji’s input into international policy making institu­tions.

The Task Force was es­tablished by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) through a resolution in 2011 and its composed of the UNHRC Bureau, which includes the President and Vice-Presidents of the Council.

It also includes representatives of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and representatives of the United Nations Office in Geneva.

The role of the Task Force is centered on ensuring ac­cessibly to the Council and to make strategic recommen­dations on enhancing the Council’s accessibility for per­sons living with disabilities.

Commitment

As Chair of the Task Force, Ambassador Khan is com­mitted to securing maximum support for the Task Force in its objectives to advance the interests of persons liv­ing with disability.

Ambassador Khan said that through the work of the Task Force, Fiji will have a stronger voice in terms of advocating for the rights of persons living with disabili­ties.

It will also strengthen accessibility mechanisms do­mestically through an effective implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act.

She will also work closely with Fiji’s Ministry of Wom­en, Children and Poverty Alleviation in reaching out to empower persons living with disabilities in Fiji.

In its first meeting, the Task Force looked at the pro­posed 2019 work plan which outlines priority areas re­lated to actions to address existing barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from fully participating in the work of the Council.

It also provided participants with an excellent oppor­tunity to engage and contribute to the work of the Task Force.

Enhance accessibility

As Chair of the Task Force, Ambassador Khan will work closely with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Catalina Devandas and experts from the Committee on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to promptly enhance the accessibility of the Council’s buildings and meetings to persons living with disabilities.

Ambassador Khan will also hold a number of meetings throughout the year to take stock and evaluate the work of the Task Force in building an inclusive and support­ive environment for persons with disabilities.

Source: DEPTFO News

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