The Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) falls within the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).
SCRPD serves as a focal point on disability issues within the United Nations system (PDF).
Our global mission is to promote the rights and advancement of persons with disabilities within a broad mandate provided by the World Programme of Action (1982), Standard Rules (1994) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006), as well as other relevant human rights and development instruments.
SCRPD works to:
- Support inter-governmental bodies such as the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC);
- Service the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
- Promote the international normative framework on disability;
- Implement international norms and standards relating to disability at national, regional and international levels; technical cooperation;
- Mainstream disability in the development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other internationally agreed development goals;
- Co-chair the United Nations Inter-agency Support Group on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (IASG).