3. In order to prevent the occurrence of all forms of exploitation, violence and abuse, States Parties shall ensure that all agencies and programmes intended to serve persons with disabilities are effectively monitored by independent authorities. This Protocol shall be ratified by the States signatories to this Protocol which have ratified or acceded to the Convention. It shall be subject to formal confirmation of this Protocol by signatory regional integration organizations which have formally confirmed or acceded to the Convention. It shall be open for accession by any State or regional integration organisation which has ratified, formally confirmed or acceded to the Convention and which has not signed the Protocol. 3. States Parties shall promote the availability, knowledge and use of tools and technologies for persons with disabilities with regard to empowerment and rehabilitation. (a) the establishment and maintenance of effective public awareness campaigns with a view to: « language » includes spoken and sign languages and other forms of non-spoken languages; In 2001, at the 56th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Mexico began negotiations with the active support of GRULAC (the Latin American regional group). When support for a 2002 convention grew closer due to weog`s opposition, New Zealand was instrumental in achieving a supra-regional dynamic. As moderator from 2002 to 2003, New Zealand eventually assumed the formal role of Chair of the Special Committee and led the negotiations to a consensus agreement in August 2006, in close collaboration with other members of the Commission, Jordan, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic and South Africa, as well as Korea and Mexico.
Several observers commented on the « appreciating behaviour » of Governments, national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations.  The Committee`s general comments and concluding observations on each State report to the Committee indicate areas in which the eighteen experts agree and differ from differences of opinion, such as the general comments on inclusive education and independent living. [Clarification needed]   In its brief existence, the Committee has up to 19 7 general comments and more than a hundred concluding observations on State reports. The Convention has become one of the most sustained human rights instruments in history, with strong support from all regional groups.  160 states signed the convention when it opened in 2007 and 126 ratified the convention in the first five years. Recognizing his role in the creation of the Convention as well as the quality of New Zealand`s pioneering national disability strategy, the Governor-General of New Zealand, Anand Satyanand, received the 2008 World Disability Award on behalf of the nation. . . .