Singapore will sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Friday, 30 November at 11am (New York time).
The UNCRPD was entered into force in 2008. Legally binding to a State Party, the Convention sets out the obligations by States to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities. It recognizes the dignity of persons with disabilities.
The Enabling Masterplan (EM) has paved the way for Singapore to sign the Convention. The EM sets out how we will progressively realise the vision of an inclusive society for persons with disabilities. The first EM covered the period 2007-2011. The second and current EM, released earlier this year, covers the period 2012-2016.
Mr Conrad Campos, President of Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore and Member of the EM 2012-2016 Steering Committee says, “I am happy that Singapore is signing the Convention. We have charted what we need to do under the EM for the next 5 years. The EM can be a useful roadmap as we work towards fulfilling our obligations under the Convention.”
Ms Anita Fam, Vice President, Asian Women’s Welfare Association and a Member of the EM 2012-2016 Steering Committee says, “When we were developing the EM, we saw the need to hear directly from persons with disabilities and their families to understand not only their needs and concerns but their hopes and aspirations as well. The Convention is aspirational and inspirational in its vision. It seeks to affirm that persons with disabilities are able to participate as active members of society. The signing the Convention therefore inspires us to work steadily and progressively towards creating a society where persons with disabilities are respected and accepted as integral members.”
Acting Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Chan Chun Sing says, “Singapore agrees with the spirit of the Convention. Signing the Convention underscores our collective commitment to do even more to improve the lives of persons with disabilities – in areas including early intervention, education, employment, adult care and accessibility. We will make steady efforts towards this worthy and meaningful goal. We like to thank the many parties - NCSS, VWOs, government agencies, employers, persons with disabilities and their families as well as the Singaporean public – who have contributed to the efforts to bring this about as part of our Enabling Masterplan”