Development and human rights for all

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

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 (now composed of over 25 UN system agencies, funds and programmes). The group is tasked with promoting compliance with the Principles of the Convention and increasing the scale and effectiveness of the United Nation’s involvement in disability issues. The General Assembly through its resolutions 65/186, 64/131 and 64/154 urged the United Nations system to make a concerted effort to integrate disability into its work and encouraged the Inter Agency Support Group on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to continue working to ensure that development programmes, including Millennium Development Goals policies, processes and mechanisms, are inclusive of and accessible to persons with disabilities.

IASG Member List

(January 2015)

  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) 
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (OHCHR)
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
  • Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OCHA)
  • United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS)
  • Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • United Nations Human Settlement Programme (HABITAT)
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • United Nations World Tourism Organization (WTO)
  • United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI)
  • United Nations Department of Management (DM)
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  • United Nations Regional Commissions New York Office
  • United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
  • United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Observers

  • The World Bank

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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