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

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 its 20th ratification.

Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that “The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties (COSP) in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.”

Since 2008, the following are the sessions of the Conference of States Parties that meet at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The 13th session of the COSP will take place this year on 30 November 2020 (in-person meetings: Opening and the election of the CRPD Committee members), 1 and 3 December 2020 (virtual meetings: roundtable discussions, the interactive dialogue with the UN system and the closing).  

The “Over-arching theme is “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

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

For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/un-cosp13.

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