The Executive welcomes the UNCRPD (the Convention). It is the first such Treaty in the 21st Century and provides an important framework for policy and legislative developments in NI. The Convention sets an international benchmark against which States including NI will be measured. The Convention will help create a society where people with disabilities can enjoy complete and fulfilling lives. A society where the focus is on equality and rights as differentiated from perceptions of ‘neediness’ and on mainstreamed inclusion rather than segregation – where the contribution of disabled people is not only recognised but also welcomed and where difference is celebrated as part of an evolving and diverse culture.