13th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

COSP12 Session

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

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The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted by the General Assembly by its resolution 61/106 of 13 December 2006. It came into force on 3 May 2008 upon the 20th ratification. Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that “The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.” Since 2008, 12 sessions of the Conference of States Parties have been held at United Nations Headquarters, New York.

The 13th session, per decided by States Parties at the 12th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) in June 2019, will be scheduled to take place at the United Nations Headquarters, New York,  from 10 to 12 June 2020**, during which an election of nine members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with disabilities will be conducted. ** Tentatively rescheduled on the second week of December (to be confirmed by the committee on conferences of the United Nations, taking account of the ongoing situations of the COVID-19 in the world and the host city New York) **

Bureau of the COSP13

Bureau of the COSP13

  • President: Ecuador (Latin American and Caribbean Group)
  • Vice-Presidents: Liberia (African Group), Singapore (Asia-Pacific Group), Hungary (Eastern European Group) and Finland (Western European and Others Group)

Theme and sub-themes

“Over-arching theme:  A decade of action and delivery for inclusive sustainable development: implementing the CRPD and the 2030 Agenda for all persons with disabilities.

Sub-themes for the three round tables

  1. Disability and business: realizing the right to work in open, inclusive and accessible environments for persons with disabilities.
  2. Addressing the rights and needs of older persons with disabilities: ageing and demographic trends (co-chair by Liberia and CSO)
  3. Promoting Inclusive environments for the full implementation of the CRPD (co-chair by Finland and CSO)

Cross-cutting theme: Strengthening capacity- building to fully implement the CRPD and the SDGs for persons with disabilities, in particular women and girls with disabilities. (Addressing the Beijing+ 25th and other relevant commemorations of the historical benchmarks in the global agenda this year).”

Provisional agenda and programme (forthcoming)

Election of the Members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Details announcements will be made available in the UN Journal and a Note of the Secretary-General. For more information, please visit the website of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Elections 2020.

Civil Society Participation

  • Soliciting civil society nominations for joining/speaking at  various meetings of the COSP13
    The active participation of the broad-based civil society, including in particular Organizations of persons with disabilities and other stakeholders, has become a critical element in the work of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP) since its inception in 2008. For the forthcoming COSP13, the Bureau and the Secretariat will continue this practice. Processes are currently underway in order to consult and proactively involve and engage civil society especially representative organizations of persons with disabilities for their participation in the work for the 13th session, in line with the Rules of Procedure of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD ( CSP/CRPD/2008/3). The bureau encourages members of the civil society community to consult each other among yourselves, including through existing civil society coordination mechanisms, and to submit nominees for participating in various meetings during the COSP13.  Please consult the detailed instructions contained in each of the below weblinks before making nominations.
  • Nominate a CSO panelist for a round table: Deadline is now CLOSED
  • Nominate a CSO co-chair for a round-table: Deadline is now CLOSED
  • Nominate a CSO speaker for the Opening Session or the Interactive Dialogue: Deadline is now CLOSED
  • For questions, please contact directly with the secretariat of the civil society coordination mechanism, via emailing to  tavades@ida-secretariat.org and lrichardson@ida-secretariat.org.

Side Events

  • Side events provide an excellent opportunity for Member States, UN entities, and NGOs to discuss the themes of the COSP and other critical issues related to persons with disabilities.
  • Side events are for COSP attendees and registered participants as well as invited registered external guests.
  • All questions on side events should be directed to socialngo@un.org and copy enable@un.org.

The online application form for side events is now OPEN.
The deadline is 6 November 2020 by 11:30 p.m. (EST – New York Time).

National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)