- September 2, 2013

Member Organisations:
Arab Organization of Persons with Disabilities, Disabled Peoples' International,
Down Syndrome International, European Disability Forum, Inclusion International,
International Federation of Hard of Hearing People, Latin American Network of
Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and their Families,
Pacific Disability Forum, World Blind Union, World Federation of the Deaf,
World Federation of the DeafBlind, World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry


10th Session of the CRPD Committee

Geneva, 2 September 2013 – Today the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities opens its 10th session (2-13 September 2013) in which it will examine the reports of Austria, Australia and El Salvador, and adopt Lists of Issues on Sweden, Azerbaijan and Costa Rica.

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee) is the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by States Parties. All States Parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights of persons with disabilities are being implemented. The Committee examines each report, holds an interactive dialogue with the State delegation in a public session and makes recommendations on the steps which should be taken to improve CRPD implementation.

Programme of Work

The following public sessions will be held at the Committee’s 10th session (Geneva (Switzerland) time zone, Central European Time Zone):

Monday 2 September

  • 10am- Opening
  • 3pm- Review of Austria

Tuesday 3 September

  • 10am- Review of Austria continued
  • 3pm- Review of Australia

Wednesday 4 September

  • 10am- Review of Australia continued
  • 3pm- Review of El Salvador

Friday 6 September

  • 10am- Review of El Salvador continued

Tuesday 10 September

  • 10am- Meeting with States Parties

For more information on the 10th session, please visit the Committee's website:

Side events

During the 10th session, the following side events will take place:

Private country specific side events:

  • Monday 2 September (13:30 to 14:30) - Side event on Austria
  • Tuesday 3 September (13:30 to 14:30) - Side event on Australia
  • Wednesday 4 September (13:30 to 14:30) - Side event on El Salvador
  • Monday 9 September (9:00 to 10:00) - Side event on Sweden
  • Tuesday 10 September (9:00 to 10:00) - Side event on Azerbaijan
  • Wednesday 11 September (9:00 to 10:00) - Side event on Costa Rica

Public side events:

  • Friday 6 September (13:30 to 14:30)- side event by Disability Rights Promotion International on monitoring - flyer
  • Monday 9 September (13:30 to 14:30) – Side event on the Ottawa Treaty (Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention)

State reports and civil society reports

All relevant reports for this session - National Reports presented by States under review, List of Issues and States’ written replies, as well as submissions and reports submitted by DPOs and NGOs- are available on the Committee’s 10th Session Website.

Latest submissions:

Live webcasting

Public sessions of the CRPD Committee (including country reviews of Austria, Australia and El Salvador, the meeting with States Parties as well as the side event on the Ottawa Treaty) will be webcast live at

 International sign interpretation of the public discussions (and the national sign language for the reviews of Australia and El Salvador) will also be webcast live, and two channels will be running with English and Spanish audio respectively.

All webcasts will be archived for subsequent viewing at


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