Panama commemorates the first decade of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


The Vice President and Chancellor Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado inaugurated the day organized by the National Disability Secretariat (SENADIS), emphasizing that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities constitutes an international obligation that calls on the State to provide for sustainable development With a multidimensional approach towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Objectives.

In that sense, he pointed out that poverty and disability are intimately related since people in poverty do not have access to adequate nutrition, health services and are more exposed to occupational hazards, which increases the risk of Therefore, it is necessary to work for effective public policies in the suppression of poverty; The look at the exclusions that are above the lines of income, basic needs and deficiencies and human development policies that transcend and allow the human being to respond to the challenges of development, among them, the reduction of equality, since Without this, sustainable development does not transcend.

In addition, he referred to the progress of the country in this decade and to the benefit of the 370,000 people with disabilities, among these achievements the creation of SENADIS, strengthening the program as 120 to 65, which benefits 127 thousand 858 older adults of whom 9 thousand 962 have a disability; The Ángel Guardián programs and the FAMIEMPRESA Project, of economic assistance for people with disabilities, benefiting 18,596 Panamanians. In addition to the Single Register of Beneficiaries and the recent installation of the methodology of the Multidimensional Poverty Index (IPM), which indicates that the condition of a person is also measured as a function of the deficiencies.

Finally, the Vice President and Chancellor announced that for the first time, Panama will support the State Report to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on August 3 and 4, 2017, a space in which, through constructive dialogue, The recommendations of independent experts to facilitate and advance more adequately in the implementation of the Convention.

During the ceremony the event was recognized by the Director General of International Organizations and Conferences, Ambassador Max José López Cornejo, President of the Permanent National Commission on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, for his valuable contributions to the observance of the Convention on The Rights of Persons with Disabilities, signed by 153 countries, Panama being the second Latin American country to sign and ratify this international treaty, whose main challenge is to promote a change in attitudes and approaches towards people with disabilities.