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National Human Development Report 2009 “From exclusion to equality: realising the rights of persons with disabilities in Kazakhstan” was prepared within the joint project of the UN Development Programme and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection with the technical assistance of the British Embassy to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. This is the first complex analysis of Kazakh legislation and of the socio-economic infrastructure of Kazakhstan relating to disabled persons. In addition, legislative, institutional and socio-economic measures have been developed and defined, which are necessary to prepare for the ratification and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol.
It is important to note the on-line discussion mechanism that has been employed for the first time in the history of the preparation of the National Human Development Report, which helped to collect the recommendations by the parties concerned, primarily from disabled persons themselves across the country. The discussion of the research results and the recommendation developments in the present report also included a great number of practicing experts, scientists, social activists and politicians both nationally and in the local regions.
This report is expected to attract attention to the problems that disabled persons and their families have, will bring changes to secure their dignity, their rights and well-being and assist ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol in Kazakhstan.