Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities

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In September, countries will have the opportunity to adopt a set of global goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Find out more about Disability and the Sustainable Development Goals


Transforming our world: The 2030 Agenda for Global Action - Final draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Secretary-General's Report on the MDG's 2015 (released 6 July 2015)

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

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

Recent events:

 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


NGO Corner

Deadline to speak at UN Summit extended to 23 July
The deadline to speak during the six Interactive Dialogues of the 25-27 September UN Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda has been extended to 23 July.

Civil society presents response to zero draft of post-2015 development agenda.

Zero Project launches call for nominations on Inclusive education and/or ICTs.


Latest developments

  • Gambia ratified the Convention on 7-7-2015
  • Gambia ratified the Optional Protocol on 7-7-2015
  • Trinidad and Tobago ratified the Convention on 25-6-2015
  • Madagascar ratified the Convention on 12-6-2015

Ratifications/Accessions: 157
Signatories*: 159 

Optional Protocol 
Ratification/Accessions: 87 
Signatories*: 92

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

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DESA DSPD Forum on Disability and Development: Dialogue - Exchange - Solutions

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