The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol (A/RES/61/106) was adopted on 13 December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature on 30 March 2007. There are currently 174 ratifications to the CRPD and 92 ratifications to its Optional Protocol.

The CRPD is a landmark international treaty. It is a comprehensive human rights convention and international development tool, and is at the heart of the disability rights movement.

The CRPD Committee

Other Treaty Bodies

The human rights treaty bodies are committees of independent experts that monitor implementation of the core international human rights treaties. They are created in accordance with the provisions of the treaty that they monitor.

Download the calendar Treaty Body reviews (2017-2019)

The IDA Secretariat has been compiling the CRPD Committee’s Concluding Observations. The compilation is organised by Article (of the CRPD) and by Country...

IDA's work

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

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is...

Guatemalan DPO representatives in Geneva

The CRPD presents multiple opportunities for organisations of persons with disabilities to engage in advocacy at all...

Key resources

A Handbook on the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities, July 2010

The purpose of this manual is to explain the Convention...

The International Disability Alliance upholds the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as the universal standard for the human rights...