What is the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is a human rights treaty adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 2006. The CRPD is a legally-binding agreement between Member States who have signed the Convention to uphold, promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities as defined in the treaty. Read the CRPD.

Article 40 of the CRPD stipulates that States Parties (signatories to the Convention) shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties (COSP) to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the Convention. Since 2008, the COSP has been held annually at the UN headquarters in New York, covering a range of themes and issues in round-tables, interactive dialogues and side-events.

IDA Members are actively engaged in all aspects of the Conference and play an active coordination role in supporting broader civil society engagement through the Civil Society Coordination Mechanism. Read more about IDA's activities at the 9th Session of the Conference of States Parties.

How to engage in the COSP
There are many ways to engage in the Conference of States Parties! Please see below for information on how to register, apply for events and join the Civil Society Coordination Mechanism.

Please note: the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) CRPD Secretariat is responsible for civil society registration and side events. 

  June 14, 2016 - 9:00am to June 16, 2016 - 12:15am

Yeni Rosa Damayanti addressing opening ceremony in UN General Assembly Hall

IDA and its members were heavily engaged and...

  June 13, 2016 - 2:30pm

CRD Forum 2016 panel

On Monday 13 June, over 200 activists, advocates and representatives from across civil...