BBI to be Represented at 7th Annual Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

June 04, 2014

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) articulates the civil, political, economic, and social rights of persons with disabilities around the globe. Article 40 of the Convention requires States Parties to the treaty “meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.” Such conferences have been held annually at the UN headquarters in New York since the treaty came into force in 2008.

The seventh Conference of States Parties (COSP) is being held this year from June 10th-12th at UN Headquarters. The themes of this year's Conference are "Incorporating the CRPD provisions into the post-2015 development agenda" "Youth with disabilities" and "National implementation and monitoring." Janet Lord, Senior Vice President of Human Rights and Inclusive Development, and BBI Fellows, Kathryn Carroll and William Aseka Oluchina, will represent BBI at various Conference sessions. Janet and William will be speaking on a panel in a session on "CRPD Independent Monitoring in Federated States" on June 10th, and on a panel discussing "Law, Policy and Practice on Inclusive Education: Lessons from the Eastern African Community" on June 11th.  The team will observe other sessions taking place during the conference, which cover topics such as disability and sport, the Arab world and disability, inclusive education, equal rights before the law, and implementation, among many others.

More information on the COSP, the draft agenda of the general and side sessions, and information about previous Conferences [www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=15&pid=1615].