France welcomes the Council’s adoption of a resolution for persons with disabilities [fr]
Adoption of the resolution for the rights of persons with disabilities
Statement by Mrs Sheraz Gasri, Legal Adviser of the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations
Security Council - 20 June 2019
France also welcomes the Council’s adoption of resolution 2475 (2019) today. It constitutes a major step forward, as it is the first time the Security Council has dedicated a resolution specifically to the rights of persons with disabilities in the framework of its agenda on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.
We warmly thank the co-penholders, Poland and the United Kingdom, for their excellent work in recent weeks. We pay tribute to all civil society actors, in particular Humanity and Inclusion, formerly Handicap International, who work tirelessly to promote and defend the rights of people with disabilities in times of peace as well as war.
Although 15 per cent of the world’s population lives with a disability, we all must and can do more to defend the rights of people with disabilities, ensure that their specific protection needs are taken into account and combat discrimination, in particular during armed conflict.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, whose universal ratification we support, and the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action are vital tools. We should ensure their full implementation. The Council can count on France’s ongoing and decisive support in that endeavour.