S'pore ratifies UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities

SINGAPORE - Singapore has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCPRD). The Convention will come into effect on Aug 18, 2013.

In a statement to the media, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) revealed that they have deposited the UNCRPD instrument of ratification in New York.

Singapore first signed the Convention in Nov 2012 to signal the intent to accede to the Convention.

Upon ratification, Singapore joins 132 other countries that are committed to ensure persons with disabilities are treated equally with dignity and respect.

Ms Judy Wee, Vice-President of the Disabled People's Association and member of the Enabling Masterplan Implementation Committee (EMIC) said: "Ratifying the Convention is a right step towards building an inclusive society.

"We need to continue our efforts to remove all physical and attitudinal barriers. We look forward to the day when everyone - including persons with disabilities - are included in all aspects of life in our community."

The MSF also stated that this significant milestone is made possible through the strong 3P (People, Public, Private) collaboration under the Enabling Masterplan.

The Masterplan charts the roadmap for an inclusive society where persons with disabilities are empowered to contribute to society.

Acting Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Chan Chun Sing said: "The ratification of the Convention would not have been possible without the collaborative effort of the various stakeholders. I am confident that together, we can progressively realise the vision of an inclusive society through the Enabling Masterplan."

The people, public and private sector collaboration will continue to drive the progress made under the Enabling Masterplan.

jeankng@sph.com.sg

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