Friday, 26 September 2008 2:43 PM

Solomons Sign UN Convention on Disabilities

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua has signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability.

The Convention was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2006, and was opened for signature in March 2007.

The Convention aims to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy human rights on an equal basis with others.

The signing ceremony at the United Nations headquarters in New York means the Solomon Islands Government must honour the Convention through enacting appropriate legislation and administrative arrangement to ensure both private and public sectors respect the rights of people with disabilities.

The Ceremony was witnessed by Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Relation, Hon. William Haomae, Chair of the Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee, Hon. Laurie Chan and other members of the Prime Minister's delegation.

The Prime Minister also had a week long programme upon his arrival in New York by attending to President George Bush and First Lady's Heads of State and Government gathering.

He has held bilateral talks with selected European Union partners including Turkey and those from the Region.

Prime Minister Sikua will address the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday morning Solomon Islands time, before leaving New York on Sunday to return to Solomon Islands.


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