United Nations Enable
- About Us
- Our Mandates
- DESA/DSPD Forum
- Expert Group Meetings
- International Day of Persons with Disabilities - 3 December
- Special Rapporteur on Disability
- Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Disability and Accessibility
- UN Voluntary Fund on Disability
- Frequently Asked Questions
- History of disability and the United Nations
United Nations Enable is the official website of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) in the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) at the United Nations Secretariat. The website provides public information on topics related to disability and the work of the United Nations for persons with disabilities.
As the Focal Point on Disability in the United Nations system, SCRPD (DESA) works to advance the rights of persons with disabilities in society and development, through key global instruments such as the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons (1982), the Standard Rules on Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (1994) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006), as well as other relevant human rights and development instruments.
SCRPD (DESA) focuses its work on the following: supporting inter-governmental bodies such as the General Assembly and ECOSOC; servicing the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; promoting international normative framework on disability; implementing international norms and standards relating disability at national, regional and international levels; technical cooperation; mainstreaming disability in development agenda, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other internationally agreed development goals.
Within the UN system, SCRPD (DESA) co-chairs the UN Inter-agency Support Group on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (IASG).
SCRPD (DESA) promotes and supports multi stakeholder partnerships among Governments, United Nations system organizations, academic institutions, civil society and organizations of persons with disabilities in particular.