I congratulate Ms Rosemary Kayess on her election to the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Ms Kayess is the first Australian woman to be elected to the Committee, which monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Australia was actively involved in negotiating and drafting the Convention and was one of the original state signatories in 2007.

Ms Kayess’ candidacy was supported by the Australian Government, as part of our efforts to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities. As a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Australia is firmly committed to promoting the human rights of persons with disabilities to achieve equal recognition before the law.

Ms Kayess is an accomplished human rights lawyer, researcher and academic. She is currently Chair of the Australian Centre for Disability Law and Director of the Disability Innovation Institute at the University of New South Wales. Ms Kayess was an expert member of the Australian Government delegation to the United Nations negotiations for the Convention. She has advised on the implementation of the Convention in Australia, the Asia-Pacific and Europe.

As a member of the Committee, Ms Kayess will serve a three-year term commencing on 1 January 2019.

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