Independent Monitoring Mechanism Online Forum

March 29th-30th and April 5th-6th, 2022

Disability Convention: How is New Zealand Doing?

An online forum to find out about how the government is progressing on implementing the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Disability Convention) will be held Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 March, and Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 April.

The Forum – ‘The Disability Convention: How is New Zealand doing?’ –  is being hosted by the Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) made up of the Human Rights Commission, the Ombudsman and the Disabled People’s Organisations Coalition (Blind Citizens NZ is a member of the DPO Coalition).

The Forum is being held ahead of New Zealand’s second examination by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. A subsequent IMM Forum Report will inform the Committee on the status of disability rights here in Aotearoa.

Government ministers and officials are attending the forum and members of the public are invited to observe proceedings. 

The Forum will examine issues raised in monitoring reports published by the IMM over the past two years. Making Disability Rights Real in New Zealand and Making Disability Rights Real in a Pandemic. 

The review will centre on New Zealand’s commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, how poverty is addressed, the integrity of the person, equity and access during humanitarian crises, equality, non-discrimination, access to justice, accessibility, and independence.

Observers will be able to send questions for consideration by a moderation panel at the beginning of each session. Instructions for accessing the Forum are available here in Large Print, Audio and Braille. All alternate formats including Easy Read and New Zealand Sign Language, as well as updates can be located at the following link…

You can locate each of the IMM’s two reports as follows:

1. Making Disability Rights Real in a Pandemic 

2. Making Disability Rights Real

Ngā mihi
Independent Monitoring Mechanism Team