Development and human rights for all

Inter-Agency Support Group for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

NEW: Meeting Report of the Annual Meeting of the Inter-agency Support Group (Lebanon, 7-8 May 2015)

At its 12th session in September 2006, the United Nations Chief Executives Board (CEB) took the decision to establish an Inter-Agency Support Group for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (IASG). The group is tasked with promoting compliance with the Principles of the Convention and increasing the scale and effectiveness of the United Nations' involvement in disability issues.

The General Assembly through its resolutions 64/131, 64/154 and 65/186 urged the United Nations system to make a concerted effort to integrate disability into its work and encouraged the IASG to continue working to ensure that development programmes, including internationally agreed development goals, policies, processes and mechanisms, are inclusive of and accessible to persons with disabilities.

(UN Organizational Chart)

IASG Member List

IASG Co-Secretariat

  • DESA: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • OHCHR: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Current rotating Chair: ESCWA: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

UN Secretariat

  • DM: Department of Management
  • DPI: Department of Public Information
  • DPKO: Department of Peacekeeping Operations
  • OCHA: Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • UNISDR: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • UN Regional Commissions:
    • United Nations Regional Commissions New York Office
    • ECA: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
    • ECLAC: United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
    • ESCAP: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
    • ESCWA: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Funds and Programmes, Entities, Other Bodies

  • UNAIDS: United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS
  • UNDP: United Nations Development Programme
  • UNFPA: United Nations Population Fund
  • UNHCR: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • UN-HABITAT: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
  • UNICEF: United Nations Children’s Fund
  • UNMAS: United Nations Mine Action Service
  • UN-WOMEN: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • UNV: United Nations Volunteers

Specialized Agencies

  • FAO: Food and Agriculture Organization
  • ILO: International Labour Organization
  • ITU: International Telecommunications Union
  • UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • UNIDO: United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • UNWTO: United Nations World Tourism Organization
  • WHO: World Health Organization 
  • WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization

Observers

  • The World Bank
  • Civil Society:
    • IDA: International Disability Alliance
    • IDDC: International Disability and Development Consortium

Statement of Commitment

Terms of Reference

Strategy and Plan of Action

UNDG Guidance Note - Including the rights of persons with disabilities in UN programming at the country level

  • In October 2010, the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) endorsed a “Guidance note on integrating the rights of persons with disabilities in United Nations programming at the country level” (PDF version) for United Nations country teams. The Guidance Note was developed by a joint UNDG/IASG task team established by the UNDG Working Group on Programming Issues.
  • Hard copies of the Guidance Note in English are now available. If you would like to receive a free copy please email enable@un.org

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