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First Conference of States Parties and 2008 elections


31 October 2008 - 03 November 2008


New York

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Article 34 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities provides for the establishment of a Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. At the time of entry into force of the Convention, the Committee shall consist of twelve experts of high moral standing and recognized competence and experience in the field covered by the Convention.

Paragraph 3 states that “When nominating their candidates, States parties are invited to give due consideration to the provision set out in article 4, paragraph 3, of the present Convention”, according to which “States parties shall closely consult with and actively involve persons with disabilities, including children with disabilities through their representative organizations”.

Paragraph 4 states that “the members of the Committee shall be elected by States parties, consideration being given to equitable geographical distribution, representation of the different forms of civilization and of the principal legal systems, balanced gender representation and participation of experts with disabilities”.

The first session of the Conference of the States parties to the Convention took place in New York on 31 October and 3 November 2008. The election of twelve members of the Committee took place on 3 November 2008.


The individuals elected to fill the positions on the Committee were (*drawn by lot by the President to serve 2-year terms):

Name State Term expires
Ms. Amna Ali Al Suweidi Qatar 31/12/2012
Mr. Mohammed Al-Tarawneh Jordan 31/12/2012
Mr. Lotfi Ben Lallohom Tunisia 31/12/2010*
Mr. Monsur Ahmed Choudhuri Bangladesh 31/12/2012
Ms. María Soledad Cisternas Reyes Chile 31/12/2012
Mr. György Könczei Hungary 31/12/2010*
Ms. Edah Wangechi Maina Kenya 31/12/2010*
Mr. Ronald McCallum AO Australia 31/12/2010*
Ms. Ana Peláez Narváez Spain 31/12/2012
Mr. Germán Xavier Torres Correa Ecuador 31/12/2010*
Mr. Cveto URŠIČ Slovenia 31/12/2010*
Ms. Jia Yang China 31/12/2012
List of candidates nominated by States parties by 3 September 2008
  • Mr. Manuel de Jesus, Campos Labrador (Panama)
  • Mr. György Könczei (Hungary)
  • Ms. Ana Peláez Narváez (Spain)
  • Mr. Mateo A Lee, Jr. (Philippines)
  • Mr. Germán Xavier Torres Correa (Ecuador)
  • Mr. Alpha Boubacar Diop (Republic of Guinea)
  • Mr. Lotfi Ben Lallohom (Tunisia)
  • Ms. María Soledad Cisternas Reyes (Chile)
  • Ms. Amna Ali Al Suweidi (Qatar)
  • Mr. Mohammed Al-Tarawneh (Jordan)
  • Mr. Cveto URŠIČ (Slovenia)
  • Ms. Jia Yang (China)
  • Mr. Monthian Buntan (Thailand)
  • Ms. Ana María Liévano de Sol - Withdrawn - (El Salvador)
  • Mr. Ronald McCallum AO (Australia)
  • Mr. Monsur Ahmed Choudhuri (Bangladesh)
  • Mr. Sivalingum Moodley (South Africa)
  • Ms. Collette Roberts-Risden (Jamaica)
  • Mr. Jesús Juan Portalanza Güere (Peru)
List of candidates nominated by States parties after 3 September 2008
  • Mr. Ricardo Tadeu Marques da Fonseca (Brazil)
  • Mr. Ismaïla Konate (Mali)
  • Mr. Luis Guillermo Bulit Goñi (Argentina)
  • Mr. Julio César Fretes Portillo (Paraguay)
  • Ms. Edah Wangechi Maina (Kenya)