Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities


Image of flags of nations at UN Headquarters building in New York

8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, 9-11 June 2015. Join in one of the world's largest international disability community gatherings at UN Headquarters in New York.


8th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, 9 - 11 June 2015

Civil society participation
NGO Registration (Deadline: 31 May 2015)
NGO Accreditation (Deadline: 30 April 2015)
NHRI registration (Deadline: 31 May 2015) 

Side-events (Deadline: 30 April 2015)
Accessibility preparations

UN Expert Group Meeting on Disability and development: Operationalizing the post-2015 development agenda for persons with disabilities, 11-13 May 2015, UN ESCWA, Beirut, Lebanon

3WCDRR Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, 14-18 March 2015, Sendai, Japan
Realizing a disability-inclusive post-2015 disaster risk reduction strategy

UN-DESA/DSPD Public Forum: Taking action toward a disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction framework and its implementation, 15 March, Tohoku University

Inclusion saves lives: Ensuring the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of disaster risk reduction efforts can save lives

Recent events:

World Autism Awareness Day, 2 April

World Down Syndrome Day, 21 March
Message of the UN Secretary-General

53rd Commission for Social Development, 4-13 February 2015
Report of the Special Rapporteur on Disability of the Commission for Social Development: Monitoring of the implementation of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities ( E/CN.5/2015/5)

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD 2014)
Theme: Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology
Find out more about the events that took place at UN Headquarters

United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Mental Well-being, Disability and Disaster Risk Reduction, UNU Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan (27–28 November 2014)

Latest developments

  • Turkey ratified the Optional Protocol on 26-3-2015
  • Marshall Islands ratified the Convention on 17-3-2015
  • Viet Nam ratified the Convention on 5-2-2015
  • Guinea-Bissau ratified the Convention on 24-9-2014

Ratifications/Accessions: 153
Signatories*: 159 

Optional Protocol 
Ratification/Accessions: 85 
Signatories*: 92

(* Signatories include countries or regional integration organizations that have signed the Convention and its Optional Protocol)

Go to UN Enable Facebook page Go to UN Enable Twitter page GO to UN and disabilities YouTube playlist Go to UN Web TV 

United Nations Enable Newsletter

Latest issue: February-March 2015
February-March 2015 (Spanish) (NEW)
Archive of the Enable Newletter


Key issues:

Search by keywords


Site developed by the UN Web Services Section, Department of Public Information and maintained
by the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Department of Economic and Social Affairs © United Nations 2008-2015