An increased demand for additional guidance on CRPD implementation is coming from Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) at country level as well as from all relevant actors involved with its implementation. To better understand how to respond to this demand, the International Disability Alliance (IDA) has held consultations and dialogued with DPOs, other civil society organizations (CSOs), international non-­‐ governmental organizations (INGOs), UN agencies, States, UN Human Rights Mechanisms, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and other relevant actors. The dialogue promoted by IDA was part of the project supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), with the aim of establishing an agreed process for the development of CRPD implementation guidelines.

A broad consultation process was developed to identify key issues related with the implementation of the CRPD. In December 2010, IDA held an “Expert Meeting on Identifying Key Challenges for the Full and Effective Implementation of the CRPD”. A background discussion paper was produced and disseminated prior to the seminar on key issues related to the implementation of the Convention. In addition, an in-­‐depth review of documents on implementation related to the CEDAW, CRC, CESCR, ICCPPR and CAT, and on guidance documents on the CRPD was conducted in order to better understand existing guidelines on the CRPD and other UN human rights treaties.

The identified challenges were mainly related with needed reform of mainstream and disability-­‐specific legislation as well as on the need to establish or modify policies in conformity with the CRPD. Furthermore, financial issues and the role of the UN system were debated during the Seminar. Beyond challenges, the Seminar highlighted new opportunities of work for IDA and DPOs, for instance, with respect to the United Nations Development Assistance Framework, OECD aid effectiveness work, disability rights budgeting and mainstreaming disability rights in the work of the UN agencies.

Another important moment was the second Civil Society Forum, held by IDA and co-­‐organized in cooperation with the Department for Economic and Social Affairs for the UN (DESA) in September 2011 during the Fourth Conference of States Parties to the CRPD. With an interactive agenda and a diversity of participants, the Forum provided a high level of shared experiences on the implementation of the CRPD. In November 2011, IDA hosted a second international Seminar, the “Workshop to establish a roadmap for CRPD implementation guidelines”.

In addition to reviewing key issues and challenges identified so far, the aim of the workshop was to seek the inputs, experiences and views of different stakeholders on a proposed roadmap to establish implementation guidelines. There were two innovations during the workshop: the live webcast of the sessions and a special online forum, allowing virtual participants to interact and contribute to the workshop sessions. The interactive format of the workshop facilitated participants to actively share their experiences and views regarding the main challenges of CRPD implementation as well as proposing ways to go forward, for instance, by providing gradual guidance on CRPD implementation through a series of modules, instead of through a unique guidelines document.

Thanks to the Implementation Project, IDA identified further ways to disseminate and share knowledge on CRPD implementation, for instance, IDA will be (i) newly establishing a journal on CRPD implementation, (ii) strengthening and/or establishing new thematic networks, (iv) restructuring the Civil Society Forum of the annual Conference of States Parties, and (iv) implementing the Training of Trainers, Advisors and Leaders Program (ToTAL).

The main conclusions of the Implementation Project are described throughout this report and reveal that the process itself is one of the most important aspects of the production of the guidelines. The conclusions place DPOs as key actors at the forefront of the elaboration process, as envisaged by the CRPD. The guidelines process should mainly target national DPOs allowing them to be better and further engaged in supporting CRPD implementation and in monitoring its implementation. On the other hand, DPOs should be involved throughout the entire elaboration process through broad consultation.

The elaboration of comprehensive guidelines on the CRPD implementation will be an enormous and challenging task, which requires the active participation of a diversity of stakeholders and certainly significant additional resources. The newly created Multi-­‐Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) can and should become a source of funding for the development of such implementation guidelines.


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