CARI­COM ap­points Spe­cial Rap­por­teur on Dis­abil­ity

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CARI­COM has ap­pointed a Spe­cial Rap­por­teur on Dis­abil­ity.

A re­lease from CARI­COM said that the Thirty-Fifth Meet­ing of the Coun­cil for Hu­man and So­cial De­vel­op­ment (COHSOD) – Health, in Septem­ber 2018, en­dorsed the rec­om­men­da­tion that Se­na­tor Dr. Floyd Mor­ris be ap­pointed to the po­si­tion, and “urged Min­istries of Health to fa­cil­i­tate the Spe­cial Rap­por­teur in the con­duct of his du­ties at the na­tional level”.

The re­lease said that Dr. Mor­ris is cur­rently the Di­rec­tor of the Univer­sity of the West Indies (UWI) Cen­tre for Dis­abil­ity Stud­ies, in Mona, Ja­maica. The CARI­COM Spe­cial Rap­por­teur holds a PhD in Gov­ern­ment with spe­cial fo­cus on Po­lit­i­cal Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and has done ex­ten­sive re­search on per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties in Ja­maica and the wider Caribbean.

The re­lease said that in De­cem­ber 2013, in re­sponse to a man­date from the Con­fer­ence of Heads of Gov­ern­ment, the CARI­COM Sec­re­tariat, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Haiti, con­vened a high level meet­ing to ex­am­ine the sit­u­a­tion with re­gard to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and to chart the way for­ward for an in­clu­sive Re­gion.

Among the re­sults of that meet­ing was a po­lit­i­cal doc­u­ment, the Pé­tion-Ville Dec­la­ra­tion, which iden­ti­fied a num­ber of ac­tions for ad­vanc­ing the goal of an in­clu­sive so­ci­ety for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties. The ap­point­ment of a CARI­COM Spe­cial Rap­por­teur on Dis­abil­ity, and reg­u­lar con­sul­ta­tion among rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the re­gional com­mu­nity work­ing in the in­ter­est of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties.

The CARI­COM Spe­cial Rap­por­teur on Dis­abil­ity will mon­i­tor and as­sess the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Pé­tion-Ville Dec­la­ra­tion, in a bid to ad­vance progress to­wards a dis­abil­ity in­clu­sive so­ci­ety for all in CARI­COM Mem­ber States.

In ac­cept­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity, the re­lease said that the CARI­COM Spe­cial Rap­por­teur stated his com­mit­ment to the “huge task” ahead and pledged to work dili­gently with the CARI­COM Sec­re­tariat, gov­ern­ments in the Re­gion and the Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee to make the Caribbean a more par­tic­i­pa­tory, in­clu­sive and non-dis­crim­i­na­tory so­ci­ety for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties.

“To whom much is given, much is re­quired and I am pre­pared to strongly ad­vo­cate for im­prove­ments for my broth­ers and sis­ters with dis­abil­i­ties through­out the Caribbean”, he said.

Dr. Floyd Mor­ris

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