Development and human rights for all


HLMDD, 23 September 20133


General Assembly, 69th session
Reports of the Secretary-General on a disability-inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond (A/69/187) and the status of the Convention (A/69/284)

International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Theme: Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology, 3 December 2014

Join in the World We Want - Online discussion on Addressing Inequalities, 15 September to 15 October 2014

UN Radio: Rights of persons with disabilities gaining recognition

WCDRR World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, 14-18 March 2015, Sendai, Japan
Open-ended Informal Consultative Meetings: 5 September to 13 October 2014: Stakeholder contributions to disability-inclusion in the Post-2015  Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

UN DESA-UNESCO Forum Disability and Development "ICT and Disability: Pursuing Inclusive Development through Technology" on 25 November at the International Conference – From Exclusion to Empowerment: The Role of Information and Communication Technologies for Persons with Disabilities, New Dehli, India, 24-26 November 2014

Recent events:

United Nations Expert Group Meeting
Disability Data and Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation: The way forward, a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond, 8 - 10 July 2014

High-level meeting on disability and development, 23 September 2013

7th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, 10 - 12 June 2014

Commission for Social Development, 52nd Session, 11 - 21 February 2014

DESA Forum on Disability and Development, 11 - 13 June 2014

Informal Network on Disability Statistics for Inclusive Development, 4 March 2014





Convention in Brief

Powerpoint presentation

It’s About Ability - An explanation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNICEF)

Latest developments

  • Samoa signed the Convention on 24-9-2014
  • Guinea-Bissau ratified the Convention on 24-9-2014
  • Denmark ratified the Optional Protocol on 23-9-2014
  • Guyana ratified the Convention on 10-9-2014

Ratifications/Accessions: 151
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)

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