The main topic of the session was the issues of promoting and protecting the rights of disabled people in Kazakhstan.
The Vice-Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan Svetlana Zhakupova spoke during an interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, within the framework of which the expert's report was prepared following the visit to Kazakhstan in September 2017.
The document contains a comprehensive and comprehensive analysis of the situation of persons with disabilities in Kazakhstan in key public spheres - in the field of labor and employment, the introduction of inclusive education, the exercise of electoral rights, the availability of legal aid, and the expert's recommendations on further empowering persons with disabilities in our country.
The UN Special Rapporteur thanked the Government of Kazakhstan for the invitation and close cooperation with its mandate. The growing commitment of the state to fulfill its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), ratified in 2015, was noted.
In her turn, the vice minister of labor and social protection of the people of Kazakhstan presented comments of the Kazakh Government to the report of the expert and highlighted the further steps of the state in the field of ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities.
On the same day, the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan in Geneva together with Catalina Devandas-Aguilar held a side event for the delegations of UNECE member states and observers, as well as international intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, on Kazakhstan's experience in implementing the UN Convention. Speakers of the event were Speaker of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Theresa Degener, Senior Human Rights Advisor of the International Alliance of Disabled Persons Silvia Kwan and Head of the Kazakh NGO "Association of Women with Disabilities Shyrah", Lyazzat Kaltaeva, Coordination Council on Disability Affairs under the Government of Kazakhstan.
The event was aimed at presenting Kazakhstan's positive experience in fulfilling its obligations under the CRPD and in the practical guide for the establishment and operation of the coordination mechanism provided for in Article 33-1 of the Convention, using the example of the Coordinating Council for Disabled Persons, successfully operating in Kazakhstan.