Jun Ishikawa, an international relations professor at the University of Shizuoka, was elected to the United Nation’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Mr. Ishikawa, who lost his eyesight 40 years ago at age 16, has been leading the Commission on Policy for Persons with Disabilities in Japan, a watchdog for disability policy implementation, since 2012.
He will be the first Japanese independent expert to be elected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – a committee of 18 which monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Mr. Ishikawa, who has been involved in developing screen readers, GPS navigation systems and a Braille note taker, will begin his 4-year term starting Januar 1, 2017.
Source and image: United Nations