On 8 June 2018, Queensland Advocacy Incorporated was granted Special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This enables representatives of QAI to register and participate in events, conferences and activities of the United Nations and sit as observers at public meetings of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, General Assembly, Human Rights Council and other United Nations intergovernmental decision-making bodies. We are also able to make written or oral statements to ECOSOC relevant to their work.
QAI worked closely on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), both during and subsequent to its development. QAI participated as an NGO in the final session of the Ad Hoc Committee in August 2006 when the draft text of the CRPD was finalised and was actively engaged in working towards the signing and ratification by Australia of the CRPD in 2008, and the Optional Protocol to the CRPD in 2009.
QAI participated, as part of the Australian NGO delegation, in the 53rd session of the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva in November, 2014, in the 9th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) in New York in June 2016 and in the 10th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD in June 2017.
We have made numerous submissions on draft general comments disseminated by various UN committees. We are currently part of a working group preparing a shadow report on the CRPD and have previously been involved in shadow reporting on relevant UN conventions.
In 2008, QAI published the Human Rights Indicators for People with Disability – A resource for disability activists and policy makers which has been utilised by the World Bank and referenced internationally.