Recognizing his role in the creation of the Convention and the quality of New Zealand`s innovative national disability strategy, Anand Satyanand, Governor-General of New Zealand, received the 2008 World Disability Award on behalf of the nation. The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an agreement annexed to the Convention that allows the parties to recognize the competence of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to consider complaints from individuals. . . .