The Committee`s general observations and final observations on each State report to the Committee show areas of convergence and divergence among the eighteen experts, for example in this regard. B on inclusive education and independent living. [Clarification needed]   In its short existence, the Committee issued seven general observations as of August 19, 2020[update] and more than 100 final observations on state reports. This protocol is subject to ratification by the signatory states of this protocol that have ratified or acceded to it. It is subject to the formal approval of this protocol by the signatory regional integration organizations that have officially confirmed or acceded to the convention. It is open to the accession of any state or regional integration organisation that has ratified, formally confirmed or acceded to the convention and has not signed the protocol. The Convention has become one of the most sustained human rights instruments in history, with strong support from all regional groups.  160 states signed it after it opened in 2007 and 126 states ratified it in the first five years. Recognizing his role in the implementation of the Convention and the quality of New Zealand`s flagship national disability strategy, New Zealand Governor General Anand Satyanand received the 2008 World Disability Award on behalf of the nation. The parties are committed to promoting the development of education and training of professionals and staff working in the empowerment and rehabilitation service, as well as the availability, knowledge and use of tools and technologies for persons with disabilities, as they relate to empowerment and rehabilitation.
United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Tables and information on countries ratified by signature, confirmation, membership and ratification. In 2001, at the 56th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Mexico began negotiations with the active support of GRULAC (Latin American regional group). When support for an agreement failed in 2002 due to opposition to WeOG, New Zealand played a key role in achieving a supraregional impulse. From 2002 to 2003, New Zealand mediated as Chairman of the Special Committee and negotiated a consensus agreement in August 2006, in close cooperation with other members of the Committee, Jordan, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic and South Africa, as well as with Korea and Mexico. Several observers spoke of the “value-seeking behaviour” of governments, national human rights institutions and NON-governmental ORGANISATIONS.  Article 29 states that all contracting states “protect the right of persons with disabilities to vote by secret ballot in elections and referendums.” Under this provision, each State party should provide electoral facilities that would allow voters with disabilities to vote independently and in secret. Some democracies, such as. B that the United States, Japan, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Albania or India, allow voters with disabilities to use electronic voting machines or electronic assistants to help voters with disabilities fill out ballots. In other countries, including Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Canada, Ghana, the United Kingdom and most countries in Africa and Asia, visually impaired voters can use Braille or ballot papers. Many of them, as well as other democracies, such as Chile, use adjustable offices to allow voters in wheelchairs to get close to them. Some democracies only allow another person to vote for blind or disabled voters.