The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) clarifies and qualifies how all categories of rights apply to persons with disabilities and identifies areas where adaptations have to be made for persons with disabilities to effectively exercise their rights and areas where their rights have been violated, and where protection of rights must be reinforced.

Each year a Conference of States Parties (COSP) is held to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.

From 14-17 June 2021, the COSP will meet for this purpose.

Theme for the fourteenth session

Building back better: COVID-19 response and recovery; Meeting the needs, Realizing the rights, and Addressing the socio-economic impacts on persons with disabilities.

Sub-theme 1: Protecting the rights of persons with disabilities in armed conflict and humanitarian emergencies;

Sub-theme 2: Living Independently, being included in the community;

Sub-theme 3: Right to education; challenges with inclusive education and accessibility during COVID-19.

Watch the COSP14 LIVE from 15-17 June 2021.

Key side events

These are the side events that we will be watching with interest:

Barriers, Enablers, and Solutions for Disability inclusive education during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Time: Tuesday 15 June - 8.30 AM - 9.45 AM EDT

Organized by: UNESCO

Concept Note   REGISTER

Transforming our Communities: from Segregation to Inclusion

Time: Tuesday 15 June - 8.30 AM - 9.45 AM EDT

Organized by: Inclusion International

Concept Note   REGISTER 

Global Disability Summit 2022: Where are We Going?

Time: Wednesday 16 June - 10.00 AM – 11.15 AM EDT

Organized by: the Co-Chairs of the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network


WE DON’T WANT TO REMAIN STUCK AT HOME: Towards Inclusive and Responsive Social Protection Systems

Time: Thursday 17 June - 8.30 AM - 9.45 AM EDT


Concept Note   REGISTER

Here is a full list of events that the International Disability Alliance (IDA) is participating in:  


Civil Society Forum

The Civil Society Coordination Mechanism is hosting the Civil Society Forum! 

This Forum will be an opportunity to highlight current issues relevant to the disability movement and realisation of the CRPD in response to and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

It will provide additional space for civil society to make its own contributions, and allow civil society to share and capture important issues.

Register for the Civil Society Forum

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