Conference of States Parties
Article 40 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities stipulates that “The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.” Since 2008, four sessions of the Conference of States Parties have been held at United Nations Headquarters, New York.
IDA advocated in 2008 for a Conference of States Parties (COP) that would have substantive content, beyond its role of (re)electing the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and which would, different to other meetings of states parties connected to human rights treaties, allow for participation of NGOs. Since then, IDA has made a meaningful advocacy work during these COPs.
Here below you can find information on the recent COP, held in September 2011. For detailed information on past COPs please click the link "View All Sessions" at the bottom of this page.
The Fifth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities took place from 12 to 14 September 2012 at the UN Headquarters, in New York.
Civil Society CRPD Forum
On 11 September 2012, IDA Co-chaired together with UN DESA, the Civil Society CRPD Forum (CSF), a full day event coordinated by IDA and its members, which was open to all other DPOs and NGOs committed to the implementation of the CRPD. The overall focus of this Forum was the High Level Meeting on Disability and Development which will take place in September 2013.
- Programme of the Civil Society CRPD Forum 2012
- Background Document, which includes concept notes prepared by the different speakers that intervened in the four thematic sessions held during the CSF 2012.
- Unedited CART transcripts:
o Opening session
o First session
o Second session
o Lunchon orientation session
o Third session
o Fourth session
o Closing session
Sessions of the Conference
- Roundtable 1: Accessibility and Technology (12 September, afternoon)
- Roundtable 2: Children with Disabilities (13 September, morning)
- Informal Session: Women with disabilities (13 September, afternoon)
- Interactive Dialogue: Implementation of the Convention (14 September, morning)
Elections for the CRPD Committee
At this Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, 9 of the positions on the CRPD Committee were renewed: six of the initial twelve members (Ana Pelaez (Spain), Soledad Cisternas (Chile), Mohammed Al Tarawneh (Jordan), Amna Al Suwaidi (Katar), Monsur Choudhouri (Bangla Desh) and Jia Yang (China)) as well as three of the new members elected in 2010 (Silvia Quan (Guatemala), Gabor Gombos (Hungary) and Fatiha Hadj-Salah (Algeria)).
The elections were conducted by secret ballot. During the first round of the election, the following candidates got the required absolute majority and were elected as members of the CRPD Committee: Ms. María Soledad Cisternas Reyes (Chile), Ms. Ana Pelaez Narvaez (Spain), Ms. Diane Mulligan (United Kingdom), Ms. Safak Pavey (Turkey), Mr. Monthian Buntan (Thailand), Mr. László Gábor Lovászy (Hungary) and Ms. Silvia Judith Quan Chang (Guatemala).
During the afternoon session, a second round was conducted to elect the final two members, who finally were: Mr. Martin Mwesigwa Babu (Uganda) and Mr. Mohammed Al-Tarawneh (Jordan).
As in the election processes of 2008 and 2010, IDA prepared a number of documents related to the nomination process of candidates for the CRPD Committee to inform about the election process and to give suggestions and advice to national DPOs on how to exert influence in the nomination process at national level.
To have access to these documents please click the links below:
- Election Process for the CRPD Committee: EP_English / EP_Spanish
- Nomination Process: NP_English / NP_Spanish
- Profile of candidates: PC_English / PC_Spanish
For the second election process, IDA contributed to the process of selection of the CRPD Committee through a questionnaire which was sent to all candidates to the CRPD Committee and it was answered by more than half of them.
IDA did this same process for this election of the CRPD Committee as a way of contributing to a process that should be based on the quality of the candidates. This questionnaire also served as a tool at national level to be used in the assessment of the quality of different candidates.
To access the questionnaire produced by IDA, please click the links below:
Responses to the Questionnaire by the Candidates
Mr. Alexander Kellman (El Salvador) - English/Spanish
Ms. Diane Mulligan (United Kingdom) - English
Mr. Martin Mwesigwa Babu (Uganda) - English
Ms. Silvia Quan (Guatemala) - English
Ms. Safak Pavey (Turkey) - English
Ms. Ana Peláez Narváez (Spain) - English/Spanish/French
Mr. László Gábor Lovászy (Hungary) - English
Mr. Isaú Joaquim Meneses (Mozambique) - English/Spanish/Portuguese
Ms. María Soledad Cisternas Reyes (Chile) - English/Spanish
Mr. Coomara Pyaneandee (Mauritius) - English
Ms. Hatouma Gakou Djikine (Mali) - English/French
Ms. Sebenzile Matsebula (South Africa) - English
Mr. Danlami Basharu (Nigeria) - English
Mr. Moussa Housseini Katabani (Niger) - French
More information on the 2012 elections on the CRPD Committe´s website at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/Elections2012.aspx.