The Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the focal point within the United Nations system on matters relating to disability. It is housed in the Division for Social Policy and Development which is responsible for activities related to Social Policy and Development, Poverty Eradication and Employment, Generational Issues and Integration, Inclusive Development, NGO Issues, and Indigenous Issues. The Division is part of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat in New York.
The mandate of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities includes the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted in 2006, the Standard Rules on Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities adopted in 1994, and the World Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Persons adopted in 1982. In addition, the Secretariat prepares publications and acts as a clearinghouse for information on disability issues; promotes national, regional and international programmes and activities; provides support to Governments and non-governmental organizations; and gives substantial support to technical co-operation projects and activities.
The major objectives of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are the following: (i) to support the full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in social life and development; (ii) to advance the rights and protect the dignity of persons with disabilities and; (iii) to promote equal access to employment, education, information, goods and services.