In this regard, DIRCO continues to promote the benefits that disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control bring to international peace and security. DIRCO uses the National Development Plan (NDP) as a comprehensive vision for the management of South Africa`s foreign policy and international relations agenda. ANSWER: (1) There are a large number of international agreements/conventions that, in one way or another, concern young people, children and people with disabilities who, because of the universality of human rights, relate themselves as inherent rights to every person. These conventions will have provisions that, while not specifically aimed at young people, children or persons with disabilities, give them certain rights based on the fact that they are human beings. An unused list of these conventions is provided (see list below). International agreements, which are not technical, administrative or executive in nature, bind the country only after adoption by Parliament, which also approves the country`s ratification or accession to multilateral agreements. All international agreements must be submitted to Parliament for informational purposes. The department fulfills its mandate mainly through the 125 diplomatic representations in 108 countries where South Africa is represented. Chapter 7 of the National Development Plan (NDP) presents a vision of South Africa`s positioning to facilitate broad socio-economic development and promote strong international relations. (2) There are indeed a number of conventions that deal specifically with the rights of children that are expressed in the list. At present, there is no legally binding international agreement or/or convention on young people. The international community has not yet been able to agree on the definition of “youth.” Nor is it a legally binding international convention or convention for persons with disabilities.
The “un standard rules on equal opportunities for persons with disabilities” are the applicable guideline and negotiations are under way to develop a convention on the subject. South Africa is an active participant in these negotiations. The revised 2015-2020 regional indicative plan, as well as the industrialization strategy and the 2015-2063 roadmap, are the main elements in this regard.
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