Ruth Dyson, New Zealand's minister for disability issues, signs the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons in 2007. Treaties and declarations are often used by the United Nations and other multilateral organisations. A declaration states a shared understanding and intention to take action. A treaty, sometimes called a convention, is legally binding. Some treaties or conventions have to be ratified as well as signed. They often require a minimum number of signatories before they are activated.
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