By IDA

 - September 4, 2016

CRPD Committee members and High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

Geneva, 2 September 2016 – The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities closes its 16th session (15 August- 2 September 2016) 

During the session, the Committee held interactive dialogues with Uruguay, Ethiopia, Bolivia, United Arab Emirates, Guatemala, Colombia and Italy as well as adopted the list of issues on Canada.  

It also adopted two General comments:

- General Comment no 3 on women and girls with disabilities (Art 6)

- General Comment no 4 on the right to inclusive education (Art 24)

At its formal closing, the Committee made the following announcements: 

  1. The Committee adopted concluding observations in relation to the initial reports of the following countries: Bolivia (CRPD/C/BOL/1), Colombia (CRPD/C/COL/1), Ethiopia (CRPD/C/ETH/1), Guatemala (CRPD/C/GTM/1), Italy (CRPD/C/ITA/1), United Arab Emirates (CRPD/C/ARE/CO/1), and Uruguay (CRPD/C/URY/1).
  2. The Committee adopted Views on communication No. 7/2012 (Noble v Australia). It also adopted the note by the Secretary-General on submissions received between the fifteenth and sixteenth sessions, and its interim follow-up report with regard to Views under the Optional Protocol.
  3. The Committee adopted General Comment No 3 (2016) article 6: Women and girls with disabilities; and General Comment No 4 (2016) article 24: the right to inclusive education.
  4. The Committee adopted guidelines on independent monitoring frameworks and their participation in the work of the Committee.
  5. The Committee adopted guidelines on periodic reporting, including under the simplified reporting procedure.
  6. The Committee considered matters related to its inquiry procedure pursuant to articles 6 and 7 of the Optional Protocol.
  7. The Committee decided that its 17th session would be held from 20 March to 12 April 2017 and would be preceded by the seventh meeting of the pre-sessional working group, from 13 to 17 March 2017.
  8. With regard to countries to be considered at its 17th session, the Committee decided the country rapporteurs as follows:

  • Armenia - Jonas Ruskus 
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina- Laszlo Lovaszy 
  • Canada -Theresia Degener 
  • Cyprus - Stig Langvad 
  • Honduras- Carlos Parra Dusan 
  • Islamic Republic of Iran -Monthian Buntan 
  • Jordan - Damjan Tatic
  • Moldova - Jonas Ruskus

Microsoft Office document iconGuidelines on periodic reporting to the CRPD, including under the simplified reporting procedures

Microsoft Office document iconGuidelines on Independent Monitoring Frameworks and their participation in the work of the CRPD Committee

FileCRPD concluding observations, United Arab Emirates

FileCRPD concluding observations, Italy

FileObservaciones finales de CDPD sobre Colombia

FileCRPD concluding observations, Ethiopia

FileObservaciones finales de CDPD sobre Guatemala

FileObservaciones finales de CDPD sobre Uruguay

FileObservaciones finales de CDPD sobre el Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia

FileViews on communication No. 7/2012

Microsoft Office document iconCRPS General Comment n. 3, Women and girls with disabilities

Microsoft Office document iconCRPD General Comment n. 4, The Right to Inclusive Education

Archived webcasts

All public meetings of the Committee including the State party reviews were webcast live by UNTV have been archived for subsequent viewing at http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/ - scroll down to Treaty bodies and then click on CRPD Committee.

For more information on the 16th session, please visit the Committee’s session website.

6th pre-session

The 16th session was followed by the CRPD Committee’s 6th pre-session which took place from 5-9 September 2016 during which it adopted the list of issues on Armenia, Jordan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Cyprus, Iran and Honduras.

Microsoft Office document iconCRPD list of issues, Jordan

Microsoft Office document iconCRPD list of issues, Islamic Republic of Iran

Microsoft Office document iconCDPD lista de cuestiones, Honduras

Microsoft Office document iconCRPD list of issues, Cyprus

Microsoft Office document iconCRPD list of issues, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Microsoft Office document iconCRPD list of issues, Armenia

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Microsoft Office document icon16th session closing information note.

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