The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 December 2006. It came into force on 3 May 2008, following the 20th ratification. The States Parties to the Convention meet regularly in a “Conference of States Parties” to consider agenda items related to the implementation of the CRPD.
The 13th session was scheduled to take place at UN Headquarters in New York from 10-12 June 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting has been rescheduled to the second week of December 2020.
The main theme for the meeting is: A decade of action and delivery for inclusive sustainable development: implementing the CRPD and the 2030 Agenda for all persons with disabilities. Round tables will address three topics:
- 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); and
- Promoting Inclusive environments for the full implementation of the CRPD.
A cross-cutting theme for the meeting is, 'Strengthening capacity- building to fully implement the CRPD and the SDGs for persons with disabilities, in particular women and girls with disabilities.' This theme will address Beijing+25 and other relevant commemorations of the historical benchmarks in the global agenda in 2020.
date: 7 December 2020
location: New York City, US