First review of implementation (2014-2015)
The Office for Disability Issues led coordination of the Government participation in the review.
In June 2015, the formal Government response to the Concluding Observations from the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was released. You can read or download the Government response below.
It is helpful for the Government to receive feedback from sources such as the United Nations on how well we are going with implementing the Convention. It is also useful for New Zealand to use mechanisms such as reporting to the United Nations to compare our progress with what other countries are doing. In some areas, there is already work underway or an alternative proposal to achieve the underlying objectives, which meant that the Government was unable to progress the specific recommendation of the United Nations Committee.
The Government response has been organised along five key themes across the Concluding Observations:
improving accessjustice and self-determinationcommunity livingproviding reasonable accommodationsimproving data for decision making.
Similar recommendations have been communicated to the Government by the Independent Monitoring Mechanism in its reports published in 2012 and 2014. A Government response has also been made to the Independent Monitoring Mechanism.
Implementation of the Convention is an ongoing process. Government commitment and leadership to implementing the Convention is through the Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues. It sets priorities for cross-government action through the Disability Action Plan.
On 4 October 2014, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities released its Concluding Observations on its review of New Zealand. In response, the Minister for Disability Issues welcomed the recommendations and feedback, and stated that New Zealand will formally respond in 2015.
Read the Concluding Observations
Watch a New Zealand Sign Language version of the Concluding Observations
There are four videos with New Zealand Sign Language, with page references to the English version.
3) Specific rights (Convention articles 5 to 30) (pages 2-8) [Mpeg, 58.87MB]
In late April 2014, the Committee published a List of Issues. These are 31 questions regarding New Zealand's implementation of the Convention which the Government is obligated to provide written answers. The Government submitted its written response in June 2014.
Some non-government organisations provided information to the Committee on issues for its consideration.
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