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ENAT Congratulates Obama on Signing UN Disability Convention

24/07/2009 | 0 comments

Flag of the USAOn Friday 24 July, US President Barack Obama makes good on his election promise to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, bringing the USA into the group of countries that support this landmark document.

On behalf of ENAT, Mr. Ivor Ambrose, Managing Director, sent a letter of congratulation to President Obama, noting the example of the US in advancing disability rights, and expressing the importance of working internationally towards fulfilment of the Convention's Article 30, which addresses equal access to leisure and tourism.

The letter states: "Recognising the importance of the USA’s example in promoting disabled access during the past two decades, Europe - as a co-signatory of the UN Declaration - looks forward to working together with US public, private and non-governmental organisations in pursuit of our shared goals, making the USA and the world accessible for all  tourists". 

The European Union has ratified the UN Declaration and many countries (though not all EU Member States) have also signed the Convention's 'optional protocol' which allows for disabled people to report grievances against their country to the UN Convention's Monitoring Committee.  

Downloads:  The following documents can be downloaded in PDF format from the right-hand panel of this page.

  • A copy of ENAT's congratulatory letter to President Obama in A4 page format.
  • A copy of ENAT's congratulatory letter to President Obama in US Letter format. 
  • The text of the UN Convention and Optional Protocol in English. 

Further information:

Link to the website of  The UN Convention

Link to Rolling Rains article on President Obama's signing of the Convention 

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Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose
Author(s): Ivor Ambrose
Language(s): EN


Publisher: ENAT asbl.
Date published on the web: 24/07/2009


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