Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities 3 December 2015 
United Nations Secretary-General Message

Transforming our world: The 2030 Agenda for Global Action - Outcome document adopted at the UN Summit for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Disability and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Disability indicators for the SDG Framework (Technical Note)
Prepared by SCRPD in consultation with experts from international agencies and from disability organizations and submitted to the IAEG-SDGs. See also SGD Indicators and reference to disability

Recent events:

DESA/DSPD Forum on Disability and Development: Disability Inclusion and Accessible Urban Development (28 - 30 October, Nairobi, Kenya) Press Release

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

NGO Corner

IDA submission to the Committee’s draft General Comment on Article 6 on the challenges faced by women and girls with disabilities

DPI World Assembly in 2016 to focus on implementation of the SDGs

IDA and IDDC Response to “Final draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda"

Latest developments

  • Sao Tome and Principe ratified the Convention on 5-11-2015
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo ratified the Convention on 30-9-2015
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo ratified the Optional Protocol on 30-9-2015
  • Bahamas ratified the Convention on 28-9-2015

Ratifications/Accessions: 160
Signatories*: 160 

Optional Protocol 
Ratification/Accessions: 88 
Signatories*: 92

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


9th session of the Conference of States Parties will be held from 14 to 16 June 2016.

See new Infographic on the CRPD and the COSP (available in Word, PDF)

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