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Statement by Mr. Yang Junzhi of the Chinese Delegation at the Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the Third Committee of the 71th Session of the GA

2016/10/26

Madam Chairperson,

The Chinese delegation thanks Madam Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for her presentation.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Over the past decade, the global cause of persons with disabilities has been growing continuously and yielded abundant results. China believes that an effective way to address the issue of persons with disabilities and guarantee their rights is to enable them to fully share the fruits of economic and social development and to raise their visibility in society. Countries should endeavor to create an enabling environment for the development of persons with disabilities by reducing various obstacles to their full participation in social life and by eliminating discrimination and prejudices against them. The key to the guarantee of the rights of persons with disabilities lies in development. States need to advance balanced economic and social development with a view to ensuring the right to education of persons with disabilities, providing them with suitable job opportunities, raising their income level and improving their livelihood so that persons with disabilities can achieve true personal development through social and economic development.

Madam Chairperson,

At present, there are 850,000 persons with disabilities in China. As one of the first countries to sign and accede to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, China protects and promotes the rights and interests of persons with disabilities according to law and has made significant progress in improving the well-being of persons with disabilities. Governments at all levels in China have established inter-departmental committees dedicated to matters concerning persons with disabilities. China has formulated the Law on Protection of Persons with Disabilities and issued in 2015 Opinions on Accelerating the Process of Persons with Disabilities Toward a Comparatively Well-Off Life. Comprehensive arrangements are now in place to ensure and improve the livelihood of persons with disabilities and help them share the fruits of development. Currently, there are 7,111 rehabilitation centers in China with 232,000 employees. In addition, the Chinese government has taken into full consideration the special needs of persons with disabilities in education, employment, social security, poverty reduction and development, sports, service facilities and information technology in order to create an enabling environment for persons with disabilities to enjoy their rights and develop freely. China stands ready to strengthen cooperation with other countries in our common effort to advance the international cause of persons with disabilities.

Thank you, Madam Chairperson.

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