Beginning a second decade to advance the rights of persons with disabilities

10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, 13 to 15 June 2017With over 1 billion people living with some form of disability in the world today, they are the world’s largest minority. As the world is moving forward with the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community has made a commitment to include everyone in society and development; which includes mobilizing support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

The Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is one of the largest and most diverse international disability meetings in the world. The 10th session of the COSP, held from 13 to 15 June 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York, takes place as States embark on the second decade in the implementation of the CRPD. States continue to take action to affect improvements in their national legislation, and are adopting and implementing policies and practices that work towards an inclusive and sustainable society that leaves no one behind.

The United Nations and its Member States recognize the central role that persons with disabilities must play in multi-stakeholder partnerships for achieving the SDGs and implementing the CRPD. This year’s main theme is “The Second Decade of the CRPD: Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the implementation of the Convention”.

The themes of the COSP’s round table discussions will focus on; addressing the impact of multiple discrimination on persons with disabilities and promoting their participation and multi-stakeholder partnerships for achieving the SDGs in line with the CRPD; the inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action; and promoting inclusive urban development and implementation of the New Urban Agenda – Habitat III. At this year’s COSP, high-level representation includes over 40 ministerial-level participants who will speak in the general debate and other thematic discussions during the session.

In conjunction with the session, over 75 parallel side-events will be conducted by Governments, UN agencies and civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities, national human rights institutions, disability rights organizations, service providers and the private sector.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said that making global development inclusive of people with disabilities “must be an enhanced priority”. The ultimate goal of this COSP is to explore ways and means of creating enabling conditions for inclusive development and to make a difference in the lives of over a billion persons with disabilities on the ground.

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