EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (copied from the document)
The goal of this convention is to promote, protect and ensure the complete and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all the persons with disabilities and to promote respect for
their inherent dignity. People with Disabilities include those who have long term physical, mental, intellectual and sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers could hinder their complete and
effective participation in society on equal basis with others. International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities United Nations Pursuant to this Article of the UNCHRPWD, The Government of the Republic of Kosovo presents the National Strategy on the Rights of People with Disabilities 2013-2023, a document that represents the guideline towards the advancement, empowerment, protection and further
promotion of the rights of Persons with Disabilities as respected citizens with equal rights. The definition of disability in all governmental documents will be in compliance with the definition given above.
The Strategy is an important document within the efforts of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo that will serve as a catalyst in creating more efficient, sustainable and coordinated policies related to the rights of persons with disabilities. This strategic document aims the improvement of the present conditions in the following fields: Health; Social Welfare; Employment; Education; Local Self Governance; Legal Protection; Participation, Information and Communication; Statistics and Access. With the aim of improving the present condition in priority fields selected in the strategy, strategic objectives have been
defined which will detailed and specified with concrete actions, measurable, specific, achievable and real indicators Institutions responsible for each activity will have a definite time frame and a budget line to cover the activities defined in the action plan for the implementation of the strategy.
Furthermore, the strategy will serve as a guideline for the institutions of the Republic of Kosovo to work within non-discriminatory principles, respecting the inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make their own decisions and the independence of persons, improvement of life quality and welfare, full and effective participation and all inclusion in society. Accepting persons with disabilities as social value, part of human diversity and humanity, and equal opportunities, gender equality, respecting evolving abilities of children with disabilities as well as respecting rights of children with disabilities to preserve their identities, which are also the basic principles of the Convention on the Rights of PWD. In this sense, special emphasis is placed in cooperating with the organizations of persons with disabilities as part of the partnership between the Institutions of the Republic of Kosovo and civil society that have contributed so much in drafting this document and continue to be one of the most important promoters in all aspects of persons with disabilities themselves in the entire country. This proves once more that Republic of Kosovo has based its policymaking for persons with disabilities on international standards, including the fundamental principles of human rights such as the principle of protection and non-discrimination".