8th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, 9-11 June 2015

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The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 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, seven sessions of the Conference of States Parties have been held at United Nations Headquarters, New York.

The 8th session will take place at the United Nations Headquarters from 9 to 11 June 2015. The theme of this year’s Conference is “Mainstreaming the rights of persons with disabilities in the post-2015 development agenda“.

States Parties and observers, including DPOs, are called upon to support and encourage the participation of young leaders in the Conference of States Parties.


President (elect): Republic of Korea
Vice-Presidents (elect): Brazil, Italy, Poland, and United Republic of Tanzania.


All documents including official documents, background papers, statements, etc., including those that are available in languages, available via the CRPD PaperSmart Portal


Civil Society Participation

Participation of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)

Media Participation

Media organizations wishing to attend or cover the Conference of States Parties have been advised to contact the United Nations Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit of the Department of Public Information (DPI). Accreditation is a requirement for all journalists who wish to cover activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York.


Accessibility Center at UN Headquarters

The Accessibility Centre at UN Headquarters provides equipment and services to delegates and NGO participants at the Conference. Devices can be borrowed by submitting a valid Photo ID and are for use on UN premises only. (Queries? AccessibilityCentre@un.org)”

The products and services available include:

The Accessibility Center opens at 8:00 a.m. and devices are loaned daily on a first come, first served basis. Devices are in limited quantity and must be signed for and returned on the same day no later than 5:00 p.m.

Accessibility Resources:
(DISCLAIMER: The information below is provided for informational purposes only. This does not constitute endorsement of, or an approval by, the United Nations.)

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