Rosemary Kayess nominated for re-election to UN Committee on Rights of Individuals with Disabilities

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

I am pleased to announce that Australia will nominate Ms. Rosemary Kayess for re-election to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD) for 2023-2026.

Australia is a global advocate for inclusive development and disability rights. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit everyone, but people with disabilities are disproportionately affected by the health, economic and social effects.

Ms. Kayess is the current Chair of the UNCRPD and Senior Academic in the Law School of the University of NSW, where she has taught international human rights law and anti-discrimination law for 15 years. She has advised and researched numerous projects on human rights, disability and the implementation of the CRPD in Australia, the Indo-Pacific and Europe. Ms. Kayess has lived the challenges of people with disabilities.

The UNCRPD remains an important human rights treaty body that oversees the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. A continued Australian presence on the committee will further strengthen Australia’s efforts for disability inclusion and the rights of all people around the world.

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