The United Nations and Disability

Convention on the Rights Of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (also called the CRPD) provides the framework to promote, protect and ensure the rights of all people with disabilities and promotes equal rights in all areas of life.

The Convention was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2006 in an effort to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy the same human rights as everyone else.

It follows decades of work by the UN to change attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities.

The convention contains no new rights. What it does is bring together in one document all of the existing rights in other conventions and international human rights treaties.

You can find out more about the other core international human rights treaties here.

Ireland and the UNCPRD

Ireland signed the UNCPRD in March 2007. However, Ireland is now the last remaining EU Member State that has yet to ratify the Convention.

Ratification of UNCRPD delayed until 2018

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

This is the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention by the States Parties.

When countries ratify the Convention, they are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented.

States must report initially within two years of accepting the Convention and thereafter every four years. The Committee examines each report and makes recommendations it may consider appropriate.

You can find out more about the work of the Committee here.

UN Enable

UN Enable is the official website of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Access UN Enable here.

UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Disability rights are acknowledged each year on 3rd December. This day is an opportunity to promote, take action and acknowledge the role of people with disabilities

More information

Information on the UNCRPD (external website)

Download UNCRPD (PDF)