UN convention on disability rights reaches milestone in signatories
"We are pleased by the commitment shown by so many Member States."
- Thomas Schindlmayr, UN spokesperson
United Nations - United Nations officials say the global treaty to protect the rights of the world's estimated 650 million people with disabilities could take effect by early next year after Qatar this week became the 100th country to sign the landmark pact.
UN disability expert Thomas Schindlmayr said today that the pact is designed to maintain human rights "standards that the international community has agreed upon for all."