Agius Saliba delegate to UN state parties conference on rights of disabled persons

Laboyr MEP Alex Agius Saliba is one of seven MEPs nominated by political groups to attend a UN conference on the rights of people with disabilities


Labour MEP Alex Agius Saliba has been nominated by the Socialists and Democrats to the Conference of State Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in New York.

“This mission to the UN Headquarters is crucial since persons with disabilities still face barriers in various fields in their daily life, such as access to public transport, built environment, use of sign languages, equal pay and equal job opportunities, financing or equal access to education and vocational training,” Agius Saliba said.

“The European Union has a duty to respond to its citizen’s concerns and to improve the lives of persons with disabilities in a barrier-free Europe. This is fundamental to achieve social and economic inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in society, free from discrimination and in full respect of their rights on an equal basis with others.”

At the beginning of his parliamentary term, Labour MEP Agius Saliba was nominated as PETI (petitions committee) representative of the EU monitoring UNCRPD Framework.

The EU Framework collects data and information to check that EU law and its application are coherent with the CRPD. The European Parliament monitors the application of EU law through implementation reports, human rights reports, oral questions, studies and implementation assessments.

As a representative of the EU-monitoring UNCRPD Framework at the European Parliament, Agius Saliba will have the opportunity to discuss with different NGOs, UN entities, national human rights institutions and United Nations system entities building disability-inclusive and participatory societies in the COVID context and beyond.

Agius Saliba worked as the rapporteur on the report on the protection of persons with disabilities which called on the European Commission and the Member States to implement a number of initiatives aimed at ensuring that the Member States are in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Currently, the MEP and S&D spokesperson in the Committee on Petitions, is working on the file “Towards equal rights for people with disabilities”.

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