Celebrating 10 Years of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – CRPD10

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The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 13 December 2006. It was a historic milestone in advancing the rights and development of persons with disabilities.

The year 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of CRPD which continues to play a critical role in promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities and their perspectives in the global agenda.

Over the past decade, progress has been made in disability-inclusive development at the international, national and sub-national levels. Commemorations of the CRPD’s 10th provide an opportunity to reflect on progress made, lessons learned and to promote equity and full participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society and development.

A Disability-Inclusive  Agenda 2030 and the CRPD

Inclusion of disability issues in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was a result of the efforts of the international community, including successful multi-stakeholder partnerships between Governments, UN agencies and civil society. Disability and persons with disabilities are referred to 11 times in Agenda2030.

The CRPD should be translated into concrete actions and measures for accessible social development policies and practices. The Convention also helps to advance the rights of marginalised persons with disabilities.

Envision 2030, a campaign launched in March 2016, aims to engage all stakeholders in considering how the 17 SDGs can be achieved for persons with disabilities by 2030. It promotes the mainstreaming of disability in the implementation of Agenda 2030 throughout its 15-year lifespan.

Read the complete text of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD10):

Key Milestones

  • 1982: World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons – a global strategy providing a blue-print for countries to achieve the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities.
  • 1993: Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities adopted.
  • 2006: The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) adopted as an international treaty to promote, protect and ensure full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities.
  • 2013: UN General Assembly convenes High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development with Heads of State and Governments who commit to mainstream disability in all development efforts.
  • 2015: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted – a global development plan specifically including persons with disabilities. Disability and persons with disabilities are also included in other global development frameworks, such as the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development and the Paris Agreement on Global Climate Change.


CRPD10 Events

  • Opening and High-Level Panel Discussion on CRPD10
    • Concept Note Programme
    • Statement by H.E Mr Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly
    • Statement by Mr. Lenni MontielAssistant Secretary-General, UN DESA
      The Opening of the 2016 International Day will included the Day’s message from the UN Secretary-General, as well as statements from Member States and other stakeholders. The President of the General Assembly, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 70/145, organized a panel discussion to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD and its universalization.

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Accessible Cities for All, 2 December 2016, UN Headquarters, New York
Organized by DSPD/DESA and NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) in partnership with Permanent Missions, this event will bring together city leaders, celebrities, practitioners and decision makers to celebrate their successes in reducing inequalities and  promoting inclusive development through improving accessibility in cities.  The event will honour and raise awareness of the importance of inclusive, accessible and sustainable cities. The event is a call to action for leaders at all levels, and in all sectors of society, to make universal accessibility a priority and a reality.

Concert: “CRPD 10: Equality and Full Participation” on the occasion of the Ninth
Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), 14 June 2016, UN Headquarters, New York

Interactive Dialogue on Implementation of the Convention with the UN system:
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD, 16 June 2016, UN Headquarters, New York

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