(CMC) – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Monday announced that it had appointed the director of the Mona campus University of the West Indies (UWI) Centre for Disability Studies, Dr. Floyd Morris, as a Special Rapporteur on Disability, as it works towards an inclusive region for persons with disabilities.
In a statement, the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat said that the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) – Health, in September this year endorsed the recommendation 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.
He led the negotiations for Jamaica 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 noted.
In accepting the responsibility, the CARICOM Special Rapporteur 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 society for persons with disabilities.