Sunday 18 November, 2018

Floyd Morris appointed CARICOM Special Rapporteur on Disability

Dr Floyd Morris

Dr Floyd Morris

Director of the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Centre for Disability Studies, Dr Floyd Morris has been appointed as a Special Rapporteur on Disability by the Caribbean Community.

The CARICOM appointment comes as it works towards an inclusive region for persons with disabilities.

In a statement on Monday, the CARICOM Secretariat said the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) endorsed the recommendation in September that Morris be appointed to the position, and “urged ministries of health to facilitate the Special Rapporteur in the conduct of his duties at the national level.”

Morris, who holds a doctorate in Government with special focus on political communication, has done extensive research on persons with disabilities in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.

The visually impaired Senator in Jamaica, led the negotiations for his country at the United Nations on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) between 2002 and 2006, and eventually signed and ratified the Convention in 2007, enabling Jamaica to be the first country in the world to do so.

“The CARICOM Special Rapporteur on Disabilities will monitor and assess the implementation of the Pétion-Ville Declaration in an effort to advance progress towards a disability-inclusive society for all in CARICOM member states,” the secretariat indicated.

In accepting the responsibility, Morris indicated his commitment to the “huge task” ahead, and pledged to work diligently with the CARICOM Secretariat, governments in the region and the advisory committee, to make the Caribbean a more participatory, inclusive and non-discriminatory community for persons with disabilities.

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