WHO - International Research Symposium

The Symposium entitled “Equitable Health Services for People with Disabilities with a Focus on Low and Middle Income Countries” is being co-organized by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on 8 November 2011.

World Bank/GPDD –Disability and Development Forum

From 21 to 23 September 2011, the Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD) will hold its 3rd Disability and Development Forum and Membership Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Members and partners will focus on options for action towards the social and economic inclusion of people with disabilities, particularly in light of Article 32 of the CRPD.

Development Partners will review current processes and challenges, as well as explore options to achieve development goals.

Launch of the Access City Award 2012

The European Commission has opened nominations for the second edition of the Access City Award, the European Award for Accessible Cities.

As part of the EU’s wider effort to create a barrier-free society, this award aims to reward cities which take exemplary steps to improve their accessibility for people with disabilities in fundamental aspects of city living.

Improved accessibility is important especially in the context of demographic ageing; by sharing best practices, the successes of some cities can be an inspiration to many other countries.

Preparations underway for the fourth session of the Conference of States Parties

The fourth session of the Conference of States Parties will be held at UN Headquarters in New York from 7 to 9 September 2011.

The Conference will include a high-level segment and general debate, as well as two Roundtables entitled “Realizing the CRPD through international cooperation” and “Ensuring effective and full participation in political and public life”. This session will also include an informal session entitled “Realizing the right to work”, as well as an interactive dialogue on the implementation of the Convention”.

Young voices call for greater inclusion of youth with disabilities in development

On 25 July, DESA hosted an interactive discussion titled “Including youth with disabilities in development”, aimed at ensuring the inclusion of youth with disabilities in all aspects of development.


103 ratifications of the Convention
149 signatories to the Convention

Optional Protocol to the Convention

62 ratifications of the Optional Protocol
90 signatories to the Optional Protocol

Pakistan ratified the Convention on 5 July 2011 

UN Convention conference: 2 EDF executive members at the UN Disability committee

2 September 2010 - All 147 countries who signed the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities are meeting once a year to exchange views on how to put it into practice. The 3rd Conference of State Parties since the Convention entered into force in 2008 is held in New-York from 1 to 3 September 2010. EDF is proud to announce that two of its executive members are now part of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

UNITED NATIONS: International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3. December 2007

The theme of the Day was “Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities.” At the press briefing and panel discussion, speakers explained how companies benefit from employing persons with disabilities.

At a piano concert that evening entitled “Different Notes,” renowned artists from around the world performed at United Nations Headquarters.

UNITED NATIONS renames International Day of Disabled Persons

On 18 December 2007, the United Nations General Assembly renamed the International Day of Disabled Persons, observed every year on 3 December, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The 192 Member States of the General Assembly took that decision unanimously when adopting a resolution on "Implementation of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons: realizing the Millennium Development Goals for persons with disabilities".

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