Republic of Singapore Ratifies UN Convention on Rights of PWDs
On 19 July 2013, the Republic of Singapore became the latest ASEAN country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The announcement came during the third and last day of the Sixth Conference of States Parties to the UNCRPD. The Convention will come into effect for Singapore on 18 August 2013.
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The decision to ratify the UNCRPD is the result of the continuous work by civil society organizations and the Singaporean government to provide education opportunities, employment services and political engagement to persons with disabilities. The 2012-2016 Enabling Masterplan, jointly administered by Singapore’s Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), has served as a roadmap for the country's efforts to create an inclusive society for persons with disabilities through a collaborative effort between the people of Singapore and public and private sector organizations. The ratification of the UNCRPD is a critical milestone in the implementation of the Enabling Masterplan.
Singapore first signed the Convention in November 2012 to signal its intent to accede to the Convention. Upon ratification, Singapore joins 132 other countries which have committed to ensuring that persons with disabilities are treated equally with dignity and respect.