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Speech by Minister for Children, The Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér.
UN General Debate, 14 June 2016.
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Thank you chair,
I would like to thank the Secretariat for preparing this conference.
I also want to thank representatives for the Civil Society for your presence here today. Your contributions and valuable insights are crucial.
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As Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, and responsible for policies regarding persons with disabilities I am specially honoured to be here today.
I want to contribute to the work of developing modern welfare states. The model implies central aspects as rights issues, opportunities for influence and supporting and empowering the most vulnerable in society.
The Swedish Government is aiming for a society with reduced social, economic and political inequity. Increased gender equality and increased participation and accessibility in society benefits everyone.
Representing the Swedish feminist government, I truly welcome the clear references in the new agenda 2030 to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and the clear references to people with disabilities.
This is a break through.
Women and girls, men and boys must enjoy equal access to quality education, equal access to economic resources and have equal opportunities to political participation.
The Swedish government is ready to take its responsibility for the Agenda 2030 implementation both nationally and internationally. All cabinet ministers will be responsible for the implementation within their respective areas, in dialogue with the civil society.
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It is an honour and privilege for me to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
During the 10 years since the adoption, progress has been made and more attention has been paid to the rights of persons with disabilities, both nationally and internationally.
Sweden has developed a strategy based on the Convention with an annual reporting to the Parliament. Sweden has also had its first dialogue with the Committee and has received recommendations in 2014.
We are about to incorporate the Convention of the Rights of the Child into Swedish legislation. This will strengthen also the rights for children with disabilities, we believe.
Implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a continuous process that requires ongoing dialogue as well as systematic monitoring at both national and international levels.
Progress has been made but we also have challenges ahead of us, for example promoting gender equality, creating inclusive education, making the labour market more accessible and combatting negative attitudes. We should also be aware about challenges and possibilities which the global migration brings.
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I want to specifically mention violence against women and children with disabilities. They are more often victims.
We have to take this into account in efforts to combat violence.
Also, I want to emphasize sexual and reproductive health and rights in the context of the Convention. Everybody's right to information, services and bodily integrity is crucial.
As Member States we have the primary overall responsibility to live up to our obligations and commitments by ensuring that the requirements of the Convention are fulfilled. We should be held accountable for any gaps in the implementation.
Efforts to strengthen rights for boys, girls, women and men are investments – and should be considered as such.
So, let us use this conference as a platform to continue the work on the full enjoyment of rights of persons with disabilities - Leaving no one behind and creating sustainable societies.