The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Wilfried Lemke talking at the 2011 VISTA Conference

Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, gives a speech during the 2011 VISTA Conference in Bonn, Germany.


"Sport has the unique capacity to transcend barriers. It is a wonderful equalizer and can certainly place everyone on a level playing field.

“Exclusion, in our societies is not inevitable. We have the tools at our disposal and sport is one of them. Sport can change what communities think about persons with a disability and what persons with a disability think and feel about themselves.”

Wilfried Lemke, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace

The Agitos Foundation raises awareness of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted on 13 December 2006.

The Convention drives the perception of persons with disabilities to a new height by viewing them as "subjects" with rights, who are capable of claiming those rights and making decisions for their lives based on their free and informed consent as well as being active members of society.

The Convention is intended as a human rights instrument with an explicit, social development dimension and reaffirms that all people must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The Agitos Foundation endorsed the statement of the rights of people with disabilities and works to ensure its implementation throughout the world.

Related Videos