- May 13, 2022

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted by the General Assembly by its resolution 61/106 of 13 December 2006. It came into force on 3 May 2008 upon the 20th ratification. Article 40 of the Convention 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, 14 sessions of the Conference of States Parties have been held at United Nations Headquarters, New York.

The 15th session will take place at the United Nations Headquarters, New York,  from 14 to 16  June 2022.

Overarching theme: 

Building disability-inclusive and participatory societies in the COVID context and beyond


  1. Innovation and technology advancing disability rights
  2. Economic empowerment and entrepreneurship of persons with disabilities
  3. Participation of persons with disabilities in climate action, disaster risk reduction and resilience against natural disasters

Side Events

Side events provide an excellent opportunity for the Member States, UN entities, and NGOs to discuss the themes of the COSP and other critical issues related to persons with disabilities.

  • All side events for COSP15 will be VIRTUAL.
  • Side events are for COSP attendees and registered participants as well as invited registered external guests.
  • All questions on side events should be directed to socialngo [at] and copy lamrabat [at]
  • Online application is open until 10 May 2022.
  • Here are the instructions for applying for side events, please read carefully.
  • Access the side event application here.

More information coming soon!

UN DESA COSP15 website

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